What to do if your request for a raise is denied?

What to do if your request for a raise is denied?

Timéo Ménière

Talented International

What to do if your request for a raise is denied?


Salary increases are a common expectation of employees. They are often viewed as recognition of an employee’s hard work and dedication to their job. However, there may be situations where an employee does not receive a raise despite their best efforts. It can be disheartening to work hard and not receive a raise.


However, there are steps you can take to address the situation and move forward. Here are some things to consider when you don’t get a raise, so you can still try to make the best of the situation.



  • Understand why you didn’t get the raise

The first step is to understand why you didn’t get the raise. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as budget constraints, performance or company policies. It’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your supervisor or HR representative to get a clear understanding of the situation. If the denial of your request was linked to your performance, do not be afraid to ask what you can do to improve and what specific goals you need to reach to be considered for a raise. This will give you a better understanding of what is expected of you and what you need to work on.



  • Assess your value

Take a step back and assess your value to the company. It’s important to honestly evaluate your performance to determine if there are any areas for improvement. Think about your accomplishments, your contributions, and your unique skills. If you haven’t been meeting your goals or exceeding expectations, it may be difficult to justify a raise.  But if performance isn’t the issue, try to take a look at job postings for similar roles to see if your salary is in line with industry standards.



  • Consider other forms of compensation

In some case, a raise will not be an option, even if you reached or surpassed all your objectives. In this case, it doesn’t mean that nothing can’t be done, try consider other forms of compensation such as additional vacation time, flexible working hours, or professional development opportunities. These benefits can improve your work-life balance and enhance your skills, which could lead to better job opportunities in the future.



  • Explore other opportunities

If you are not satisfied with your salary and there are no opportunities for advancement within your current company, start exploring other job opportunities. Look for job openings in your industry, network with professionals, and update your resume and LinkedIn profile.



  • Stay positive and professional

Regardless of the outcome, it’s important to stay positive and professional. Avoid making demands or becoming confrontational. Keep working hard, stay engaged, and maintain a positive attitude. This will show your employer that you are committed to your job and are willing to work to achieve your goals.



In conclusion, not receiving a raise can be a difficult experience, but it’s important to approach the situation with a positive and proactive attitude. Understand the reasons behind the decision, evaluate your performance, negotiate other benefits, explore other opportunities, and stay focused on your goals. By doing so, you can turn this experience into an opportunity for growth and career development.



Talent Sales Account Manager

Talented International – Artificial Intelligence Recruiting

Barcelona – Berlin – Dublin – Paris

Phone : +33 1 84 88 97 97


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