#Working Wisdom

What Should You Do If You've Been Rejected For A Raise?

Azlen Othman
by Azlen Othman
Nov 30, 2022 at 4:57 PM

Being denied or passed over for a raise can be excruciating. Understanding why, on the other hand, can help you react accordingly to the decision and use it as a training opportunity to boost your chances of getting a raise next time—or to decide it is indeed time to move on.

Inflation has become more crucial to workers, as price increases mean wages do not go as far as they used to. According to a survey conducted by the remuneration consulting firm Pearl Meyer, the average raise for all employee groups was 4.8%, the highest rise in decades.


This is much higher than the typical 3% cost-of-living adaptation but still less than the inflation rate. And some employees have yet to see a pay rise in more than a year.

  • There are numerous reasons why companies do not approve raises. One reason could be your performance, but other factors could include the company's performance or the request's timeframe.

  • Try to learn about the company's basic pay policies and research salaries for people in your position before asking for a raise.

  • Even if you're disappointed that your request was denied, keep it professional (and calm) in your interactions with your manager.

  • Discover why you were rejected and use the analytics to enhance your chances the next time or to fuel encouragement for a job search.


How to Deal with Being Passed Over for a Promotion

Your employer may refuse to give you a raise for various reasons, including performance concerns, the timeframe of your request, or the business's overall financial health.

It's possible that your organisation has budget restrictions, and no one received a yearly salary increase. That scenario is possible, especially during difficult economic times, but what happens if you are the only one who did not receive a raise?

If you have coworkers who have advised you about their situations, you may realise you are not alone in not acquiring a salary increase. Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to discuss their wages with their coworkers.

However, the company is not obliged to share payslips with you, and it is difficult to converse with your leader based on unofficial information. That's why it's critical to tread carefully when it comes to being passed over for a raise.

Although if your coworkers received raises while you did not, it is better to concentrate on yourself instead of other employees.

Try to figure out why you didn't get the raise, and then figure out what you can do to fix the situation.


Here are some of the most common obstacles that may have deterred you from receiving a raise

The timing is incorrect

When it comes to asking for a raise, timing is everything. Did you ask for a raise in June, when the company's general policy is to make decisions towards the end of the year? Perhaps you asked too early in your tenure or too soon after the organisation had a recall, a poor quarterly report, or other disappointing news.

These aren't the only issues with timing. While your boss's bad day should not impact your raise request, a meeting scheduled on a hectic day could be why your request was denied.

Inquire with the human resource department or coworkers about when raises are generally given out, and schedule your discussion for a low-stress time of day or week.


Inadequate Company Resources

Sometimes, you didn't get a raise has nothing to do with you. It's conceivable that your company's budget does not allow for a raise.

What is the significance of the promotion to you? And does it appear that the company's finances will improve? The answers to these inquiries will determine whether you stay or start looking for work.


Your performance could be better

Are you going above and beyond, or are you simply doing the tasks listed in your job requirements? Many jobs require employees to perform above and beyond the basic requirements to receive a raise. If your work is proficient but not outstanding, your performance may be why you did not receive a raise.

Discuss with your manager what they expect from you. Consider how to elevate yourself from an average employee to an extraordinary one. Keep a list of your achievements and any praise you receive, and highlight those items the next time you ask for a raise.

Don't quit in rage, especially if you do not have another job lined up. Consider why you have turned down a raise and whether it's worthwhile to stick around. If, for example, the company is in dire financial straits and you don't believe things will improve anytime soon, it could be time to start looking for a new job. Otherwise, you might want to see whether you can continue improving your chances of getting a raise later.

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