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March 9, 2018
Salary negotiation tips

Asking for an increase in salary is a stressful situation, here are some tips that can help prepare you for negotiations.

Asking for an increase in salary is a stressful situation, especially if you believe your current wages are well below what you deserve. This anxiety and pressure leads to reduced productivity and increased illness along with opening the door for a host of other issues in and out of the office.

The best way to counter act the stress and nervousness associated with asking for a higher salary is preparing yourself to have a discussion with your manager. In this post I highlight some ways to get ready for negotiating this nerve-wracking event.

How to Ask for the Salary You Deserve

  1. Timing is Everything. There’s a right and wrong time to ask for a raise. In the article “Asking for a Raise,” from career expert and strategist Mary Jeanne Vincent, she suggests asking for your next salary increase during these times:
    • During your annual review: Discussing your performance with your boss is a great time to approach the subject of a raise. Reviews are time to reflect on your growth and accomplishments as well as for you to seek guidance and offer ways to improve your job happiness; all these are factors that can be tied to your salary.
    • After successfully completing a challenging project: Successfully completing a difficult project demonstrates your skills, perseverance and dedication to your job and the company.
    • When you’re offered a promotion: As Mary states, “If you have earned a promotion, then you have earned a raise. Don’t be shy about asking for it.”
    • Before the annual budget is developed: Asking for a raise before the budget is determined allows for upper management to allocate the increase in pay into their figures.
    • After the end of a profitable year: If you’re aware of the financial health of your organization and you know it’s been a prosperous year, consider asking for a salary increase. After all, the company’s success is tied to the success of their employees.
  2. Do Your Homework. According Mary Jeanne Vincent, before you go into your meeting to ask for a raise, make sure you have evidence to back your request. Gather previous performance reviews, research comparable job salaries and make note of any specific accomplishments you have achieved to show your supervisor you are worth every penny you’re asking for.
  3. Be Confident. One of the benefits of doing your homework before coming to the table is that you also get a clear picture of what you have done and your efforts, which is quite a confidence booster. Being confident in your skills, abilities and worth will be projected during your negations and will help achieve your goal of a higher salary.

As the saying goes, “Work to live, don’t live to work.” Asking for a raise you deserve will affect your work and personal life. By determining the opportune time, doing your homework and being confident, you’ll greatly increase the chances of your request being granted.

February 16, 2018
Creative Workspace

Discover how to use your workspace creatively to promote health and productivity.

Creating a healthy and comfortable workspace for each member of your team should be a top priority for your business’ success. A well thought out and planned area for employees to work in will increase engagement and boost productivity as well as lower your office’s health and wellness costs – a win-win for everyone.

Not every office space is created equal though, and it can be a challenge to design an efficient work area. How do you create a space that promotes health and productivity when your office has unique floorplan constraints? Keep reading for some creative ideas.

How to Use Your Workspace Creatively

  1. Think About Office Flow. The way your workers move around is an important consideration in your workspace design. Do they have to take a long, roundabout way to the break room or trip over objects to get to the copier? Since workplace injuries are most commonly caused by repeated movements, strain, bending or reaching, it’s a good idea to look around and see if any of these types of hazards exist at your company. Arrange desks and office furniture in a way that is easy to walk around and maneuver easily and freely.
  2. Desk Considerations. Desks take up a lot of room in your workspace. When you don’t have a lot of areas to work with, space is a premium commodity; the furniture you choose will have an immense impact on the use of your office area. Sit-to-stand desks, like the Sierra HXL, offers multiple shapes, heights and depths that fit your specific workspace needs when your area is limited.
  3. Remove the Cubicle. If you have a unique floor plan with limited workspace, remove bulky and outdated cubicles and dividers. Instead, switch to an open concept by using tables and desks arranged together. This will open up the area making it feel less closed in, as well as promote collaboration between your team members. Just make sure you provide a few areas where employees can get privacy and quiet when they need it.
  4. Use Lighting to Your Advantage. Have you ever entered into a poorly lit room and felt enclosed in the area? You’re not alone. Using proper lighting in a small workspace makes the area feel larger and more open. Use this knowledge to your advantage by making sure dark corners are lit and there is adequate lighting for all employee workstations. Proper lighting also helps to prevent eye strain, an all too common problem in the office environment.

Do you have a unique floor plan that is a challenge to create into a cohesive workspace? The four ideas above are a great place to start in your attempt to provide employees a productive and healthy work area. If you’re looking for a more personalized approach to your office design and furniture needs, we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn how we can make your space work for you.

January 19, 2018
Ergonomic Keyboard Trays

Learn how the right keyboard tray can boost workplace performance.

At We’ve Got Your Back, we specialize in helping you create a healthy and productive work environment for yourself and your employees. Anyone who spends most of their time at a desk using a computer and its corresponding accessories will benefit greatly from having ergonomic options available to them. Keyboard trays are often overlooked, but make a world of difference in how well your team works.

How can ergonomic keyboard trays help improve health and work performance for you and your team? Keep reading to find out.

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