5 Ways to Get What You Want from Your Employer
Research shows that the average employee spends 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. This enormous amount of time is sometimes wasted because many employees are hesitant or afraid to ask their employer for what they want. Here are five ways that will ensure you get what you want from your employer.
Make your Request Simple and Reasonable
First, limit yourself to one to two reasons for your request. Managers have a lot on their plate, so trying to justify a verbal request with various complex reasons can actually backfire. For example, an employee asks their manager for a promotion and justifies it by saying that there are altruistic reasons, because they want to help coworkers and the company, but also personal reasons, because they are a dedicated, hard worker.
The manager is more likely to compare and contrast these motivations instead of simply thinking about a single outcome. This is why many sales people use the foot-in-the-door technique that involves getting people to say yes to a minor request before they ask for their real request.
Write it Down
Many managers and business leaders have a type-A personality, which means they may be more ambitious, impatient and extroverted. An introvert who struggles to clearly explain their request is guaranteed to be brushed aside because they lack facts and clarity. Some requests involve a variety of factors and potential outcomes, so it’s sometimes best to document the request in an organized business proposal. This will help the employee list their reasons with logical justifications. Doing a thorough self-evaluation will naturally raise questions and help you prepare for objections. Documenting the request will allow you to email it to the employer and request that they review it.
Most workers who are afraid to ask for what they want are more likely to be discouraged by poor self-esteem and self-confidence. It’s helpful to focus on your talents, accomplishments and core competencies. It may also be helpful to talk over your concerns with a trusted friend or mentor.
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