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Welcome to today's session of #HRwithEM, a weekly #TwitterSession #TweetChat to connect, learn and share career development tips, employee experience practices, as well as resolve burning #HR issues and/or questions.
Thank you to everyone joining us this evening. Please identify yourself and the location you are joining from, so we can acknowledge you properly. #HRwithEM
Feel free to tweet your question(s) at me with the hashtag #HRwithEM as the session is going on, and I would respond to all at the end of the session. Also, don’t forget to RETWEET all tweets for the benefit of your audience in order to extend this #KnowledgeSharingSession.
Today's #TwitterSession would focus on helping a young HR professional resolve the question: "How Best Can An Employee Request for a Pay Rise?" #HRwithEM
What does a pay rise really mean? #HRwithEM
A pay rise or salary raise is an increase in the amount of pay or salary that an employee receive for work performed in an organisation. #HRwithEM
There are variety of reasons that would make organisations raise employee salaries. #HRwithEM
In order to benefit from a salary raise, you would need to first of all familiarise yourself with your employer's pay practices. #HRwithEM
If the standard practice is to offer salary increases once a year after an annual review, you are unlikely to receive a raise at any other time. #HRwithEM
If your company offers more frequent increases, you will have more luck asking for a pay raise. #HRwithEM
How then do you determine that you deserve a pay rise? #HRwithEM
Salary increases do not just happen. They are triggered by certain events. A salary raise is given to employees who have done something in the company deserving of an increase. #HRwithEM
Your request for a salary raise should be based on the fact that you deserve it and not that you need it due to some personal reasons. #HRwithEM
Too often, people argue for a raise due to increasing costs in their lives. However, an employer is looking to give a raise based on performance. #HRwithEM
Sticking to discussing your performance and it's impact on the overall success of the business will earn you a raise. #HRwithEM
A raise should be about you, your work, and your potential future value to the company that makes you a worthwhile investment, and not because your colleagues are earning more. #HRwithEM
When do I ask for a raise? #HRwithEM
Never make a request for a salary raise because other people in the company received one. #HRwithEM
There are three major times when you can ask for a raise. #HRwithEM
The first is during your performance review, especially if your performance is such that merits a raise.

If you want to request a salary raise, you need to ensure that your performance during the appraisal period exceeds expectation. #HRwithEM
Employers prefer to reward exceptional performance. Doing just enough will not get you a salary raise. #HRwithEM
Secondly, assuming a higher responsibility or new position is another time when you can get a salary raise. #HRwithEM
Carrying out the same job role over a long time is not sufficient enough to earn you a raise, hence you need to aspire for a position of higher responsibility and greater impact in the organisation. #HRwithEM
Thirdly, the best time to ask for a raise is when your organisation is in good financial health. #HRwithEM
Being in good financial health means that all financial targets are being met. Because the performance and financial targets are on track, the company will be very willing to listen and address your concern for a salary raise. #HRwithEM
A company that is performing poorly will be interested in surviving first before thinking of any salary increases. #HRwithEM
How do you ask for a pay rise or salary increase? #HRwithEM
Make a list of the goals you have accomplished for the company. Determine how their accomplishment have helped the company. #HRwithEM
Document costs savings, productivity improvement, superior staff development, important projects achieved, above-the-call customer service, and ways in which you have contributed more than your job required. #HRwithEM
Make a list of any additional responsibilities you have added to your job. An increase in responsibility, more employees supervised, or special projects are often grounds for an increase if you ask. #HRwithEM
We have come to the end of today's #HRwithEM #TwitterSession and I hope that we have done justice to the Question of the Week. @slimzytuks

I look forward to having you again next week, same day, same time!
Thank you to everyone who contributed in making this #TwitterSession a success.

Keep sending your burning #HR question(s) to enmichael@enmichael.ng, and join me every Saturday at 4pm WAT to learn how I would handle such a situation.

Have a beautiful weekend!
Special thanks to @joelomeike and @abikewesey for your support in responding to participants questions. #HRwithEM #TwitterSession #TweetChat
For career tips and my thoughts on career development and current people management issues, please check out my latest blogpost on enmichael.ng. #HRwithEM
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