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Loren Miner to Fast Company: How to Get the Raise You Deserve When You Work From Home

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Decision Toolbox Chief Operating Officer Loren Miner recently advised Fast Company readers on an age old conundrum with a new twist facing modern employees:  how to ask for a raise…when you work from home.

Excerpts from the article:

Working from home has plenty of advantages, but visibility isn’t one of them. This can be problematic when leadership is considering who to promote. While it’s not impossible to move up within a company when you’re working remotely, it’s certainly more challenging.

BE FACE TO FACE

Body language can tell you a lot about someone’s mood, and when you work from home, you’re challenged because you won’t have this information, says Loren Miner, COO of the virtual national recruiting firm Decision Toolbox. “It’s harder to plan the timing of your request,” she says. “You can’t see faces or read body language, and you don’t work side by side, so you don’t know whether your supervisor has had a rough day, or just come from a terrible client call.”

Whenever possible, wait until you have a face-to-face meeting scheduled to broach the subject. It is too easy to misread a reaction over the phone. Plus, it’s much more difficult to say no to a smiling face of a deserving employee, says Miner.

If an in-person meeting isn’t possible, make use of video chat, says Miner. “You can reap similar benefits of an in-person meeting, with the added benefit of keeping an outline that can’t be seen nearby to help you remember your talking points,” she says.

IF YOU’RE USING THE PHONE

When an in-person meeting or video chat isn’t an option, good phone communication skills can make the conversation easier, says Miner.raise work from home

“Smile when you talk, as your voice will exude warmth over the phone,” she says. “Keep a positive and upbeat mentality when you make your request. Pretend that you know the answer is going to be yes when you’re asking, and your positive attitude will reinforce why you deserve the raise.”

For more tips, check out the full article here.

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