How confident are you to ask for a raise?

Wage increases not a preferred topic of conversation: Research
||Last Updated: 07/17/2017
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Never quite been comfortable asking for a pay raise? You're not alone. Shutterstock

Never quite been comfortable asking for a pay raise? You're not alone.

Just 28 per cent of employees feel confident when asking for a pay increase, according to a Robert Half survey of 400 full-time Canadian workers.

Even as salary negotiations are not a relished topic of conversation, 27 per cent of respondents said they plan to ask for a raise this year, with the primary reason that their salary hasn't grown alongside their job duties.

Organizations benefit from having confident employees, said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half International Staffing Operations.

"Managers should cultivate open communication with employees and make time for frequent check-ins to review their individual goals, progress and preferences," he said.

In terms of wages, 48 per cent of workers have never checked their salaries against the going market rate, according to the research.

Additionally, 19 per cent will look for a new job if their pay raise request is declined and 22 per cent will ask for the raise to ensure they have the funds to cover basic needs.

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