For many companies, things are picking up. When’s the last time you received a raise? Here is a good article from David Lyman for the Seattle Times on how to ask for a raise.
David points to the importance of knowing and communicating the value you bring to your company. This is a good idea even if you are not asking for a raise. Do you know your unique value?
Some managers have a tough time defning their value so here are a few questions to facilitate your thinking:
If you were hit by a bus today, how would the company suffer (other than missing your smiling face)?
What have been your greatest accompishments over the past two years? How would your staff answer this question? How would your manager answer this question?
How is the company better and stronger because of your management and leadership?
How have people who report to you grown?
Which systems and processes have you improved or created?
What new ideas have you contributed? Which opporunitities did you see and bring to light?
After you have answered these questions and realize the difference you make, you may decide to ask for a BIGGER RAISE! Good luck!