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Published: 2017-12-03   

How to Stay Motivated When You’re Not Getting a Raise

Hangarin mo’ng maunawaan kung anu-ano ang mga bagay na nakaapekto sa desisyon ng amo mo na hindi magbigay ng salary increase

Hangarin mo’ng maunawaan kung anu-ano ang mga bagay na nakaapekto sa desisyon ng amo mo na hindi magbigay ng salary increase

Credits: As posted from ‘The Muse’

Dahil patapos na ang taon, karaniwang pinaghahandaan ng mga empleyado ang Year-End Performance Review or Annual Review para sa iba.  Iniisip na karaniwang may karampatang salary increase sa magandang trabahong ginawa sa buong taon.  Pinaghandaan mo na rin ang sasabihin mo —mula sa mga papuri galing sa mga kliyente mo, dagdag na responsibilidad na iniatang sa iyo sa umpisa ng taong ito, dagdag na trabaho dahil may umalis kayong kasamahan sa trabaho at hindi naman nag-hire ng kapalit, hanggang sa mga proyektong pinanginahan mo — mga dahilan para bigyan ka ng salary increase.  Ngunit salungat sa inaasahan ang isinagot sa iyo ng bossing mo.  Wala tayong kakayahan sa ngayon na taasan ang sweldo.  Let’s sit down again after 6 months and we will see. No promises pero sana mas mabuti na ang panahon after 6 months. 

Inipon mo ang tapang mo para i-highlight ang mga accomplishments mo, inisip mo’ng pinapahalagahan ng kumpanya ang bawat kontribusyon mo. Pero iyon ang narinig mo’ng sagot.  Rejection stings – hard.

Bago mo simulang mag-alsa balutan para lumipat ng ibang trabaho o habang pinag-iisipan mo kung magpapalipat ka ba ng departamento, mag-enroll sa training course para madagdagan ang skills mo, mahalaga na manatiling motivated pa rin sa pagpasok sa araw-araw.  Kung paano, read below a great piece by Melody Wilding. She teaches human behavior at The City University of New York and is a nationally recognized Master Coach who distills psychological insights into actionable career advice.

Read: http://melodywilding.com/

Step 1. Empathize and Know the Details
Hangarin mo’ng maunawaan kung anu-ano ang mga bagay na nakaapekto sa desisyon ng amo mo na hindi magbigay ng salary increase.  Huwag mahiyang magtanong pero siguraduhing ang instensyon mo ay upang maunaawan ang kumpanya hindi upang lalo lamang iparating ang reklamo mo ukol sa hindi pagtaas ng sweldo. 

By seeking clarifications, halimbawa, malalaman mo’ng magha-hire naman pala talaga ng makakasama mo kaya mawawala rin sa iyo eventually ang additional workload mo kaya hindi rin kakayanin ng kumpanya ang salary increase.  Maaari ring binabalanse ng kumpanya ang reserbang pera ng kumpanya kung kaya’t imbes na magtanggal ng empleyado, lahat ay mananatili sa pwesto ngunit wala munang salary increase ngayong taon.

Dahil nakamit mong maunawaan ang pinagdadaanan ng kumpanya, may mas malinaw ka na ngayong ideya at mas alam mo na kung paano kikilos upang makatulong sa kumpanya habang nararating mo rin ang gusto mo.

Step 2. Proactively Follow Up and Brainstorm Creative Alternatives
Ang kaakibat na hakbang ng pang-unawa ay ang pagtingin sa sitwasyon through your manager’s point of view dahil sa pamamagitan nito, makakaisip ka ng mga posibleng solusyon na magugustuhan niya.

Start by communicating your awareness of the situation to your boss—either during the initial meeting or in a follow-up note—so that your manager knows you understand where he or she is coming from.  Think of ideas how you can provide value to whatever project is at hand; discuss it proactively with your boss para alam niyang eager ka pa ring magtrabaho, committed ka, at resilient in the face of trying times.

Pagkatapos, manghingi ng oras para makipag-brainstorm tungkol sa mga alternatibong benepisyo kung hindi man maibigay ang pagtaas ng sahod.  Maaari mo’ng irekomenda ang work from home for a few days per week to cut down on your long commute. It would be no cost to your employer but would give you a better quality of life—a true win-win.

Step 3. Be Unforgettable
Moving forward, armed with knowledge about why your request was denied and have shown that you understand and empathize with your manager’s reasoning, channel your actions toward being an indispensable, unforgettable team member. Try your best to anticipate your boss’ needs before he or she asks you to address them, or go the extra mile to deliver top results that will make the entire team look good.

If you’re doing valuable work that wouldn’t be possible without you, your management team will be much more likely to grant your future requests.

Step 4. Seek Out Support
Now is the best time to enlist the support of a mentor. Not only can a mentor help encourage and inspire you, but he or she also may be able to offer you a different perspective about the reason your request was denied—because at some point or another, he or she has likely been in the same position.

It may be simple, but another perspective can go a long way in terms of helping you stay energized, focused, and positive after hearing “no.”

Step 5. Set Goals
Approach your next steps like individual projects. It can be much easier to stay motivated if you’re working toward a small goal, such as signing a new client within the next month, rather than a large one, like increasing sales by 20% over the next quarter. Setting attainable yet challenging goals will help you focus on one activity at a time—and, more importantly, will fuel your fire to achieve success.

Each time you hit a milestone, recognize your progress with a small reward, like dinner from your favorite sushi place. Building on and celebrating each small goal will help you maintain steam as you progress.

By following these steps, you can stay motivated so that a “no” answer becomes less painful and represents an opportunity, rather than an ending. Although it can seem tough at first, keeping the momentum going can open doors—either in your current role or a new one—that go beyond your expectations.

Helpful Links:

  • The Muse: https://www.themuse.com

  • Melody Wilding ran a research lab that studied human behavior and happiness at Rutgers University.  She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Now, she teaches Human Behavior at CUNY Hunter College.  She writes about psychology for Inc., Forbes, Fast Company, and more.  She’s secretly a huge nerd. A valedictorian and a bookworm at heart.

    She believes in constantly and consistently educating herself, so she will always bring the latest evidence-based methods and research to her sessions. 

    You may check her works at www.melodywilding.com

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