You’ve been working hard all year, and are hoping for a little extra compensation around the year’s end – a natural feeling for any employee. However, everyone has the same feeling, so if you want to come out ahead, you will have to stand out when you bring up your goal to your boss.
If you are angling for more money, be it a bonus or a raise, you will have to prepare for your conversation as a business case. Have examples of all of your great work, quantify, talk about the specifics of what you have accomplished. Take your points and apply them to broader categories, and bring up the impact that your initiatives have had. If you’ve had any recognition for your good work, be it awards, or even emails, bring them up as points supporting your case. It’s a good idea to set up an inbox folder where you save all emails praising your work or initiative so you can find them easily when the time comes.
Don’t just launch into your request the first moment you have the boss’ attention. The conversation should be planned and organized. Your reasoning should be clear and detailed, and the talk of your good work should segue into reasons why you deserve a raise.
You may feel that you should have more money due to a baby on the way, or the purchase of a new home, however, leave these and other personal factors out of the discussion. Bonuses are based on personal and company performance, and personal factors, including personal sacrifice to do your day to day job, should be omitted from the case, as they may be perceived as irrelevant or entitled. If you have made personal sacrifices that have enabled you to do something new, above and beyond the job description and expectations, you can bring that up as a point, but as a general rule, you want to focus this conversation on business reasons why you should be compensated more, not on you personally, or how you could use the extra money. Tugging too much on your employers’ heart stings could be perceived as manipulative, which may damage your case.
Keep in mind that hitting your goals and delivering on deadlines and expectations is not what entitles you to a healthy bonus – these are expected and what you are already paid to do. Focus the conversation on how you have over delivered and exceeded expectations, and hopefully this will be reflected in your compensation.
Best of luck and happy negotiating!
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Tickets are only $20 and proceeds will be used to support Kimm and raise money to help others in similar situations.
At 41, the Milton mother of two young children has had to face the fact of being diagnosed with the advanced stages of glioblastoma multiform, a deadly brain tumour.
But she isn’t doing it alone with the community rallying behind her in her fight to buy some more time to live, love and spend time with her husband and children. Her family and friends have been mobilizing to help raise money for treatments that will prolong her life.
Support Kimm and Others at Comedy Club 54
They’re hosting a comedy show fundraiser at Club 54 Nightclub in Burlington on Nov. 29 to help Kimm and her family pay for a drug called Avastin, which her oncologist has said is her best possible treatment.
The night will feature comedian Mark Matthews, who has opened for Jerry Seinfield, Gilbert Gottfried and Jimmy “JJ” Walker to name a few. Mark has also appeared on Crystal Comedy Quest, The Fruitopia Comedy Fest, Comedy at Club 54 and the CBC show Comics.
Tickets cost $20, with doors opening at 8 p.m. at 3345 Harvester Rd.
Kimm’s family and friends have said the event is really about having some fun while raising much needed funds and awareness about Kimm’s situation and others like her.
How to Purchase a Ticket
You can contact Scott Fletcher to purchase tickets:
Kimm has already gone through her first treatment earlier this month with positive results.
The tumour, which is inoperable, showed no growth on her MRI and she said she was feeling more energetic and healthy.
“So what has been rapid growth now has shown no growth,” she wrote on her fundraising site. “Yes treatment is working, yes round 1 win!”
Kimm and her family have also been actively lobbying the Ontario government to cover the cost of the drug Avastin, which has Kimm’s family paying $8,000 out-of-pocket each month.
The drug isn’t covered by the Ontario government or by her insurance company for use against brain tumours even though Health Canada approved the drug in 2010 to treat patients with glioblastoma multiform.
Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews has told the media that the particular drug is currently approved to treat colorectal cancer in Ontario, but that evidence doesn’t warrant coverage for other types of cancer. Still, Kimm said she will continue lobbying the province to cover the costs so that other families like hers won’t have to go through the worry about how they would be able to afford the treatments.
We’ve had a very interesting few weeks in Toronto as the Rob Ford scandal unfolds. Love him or hate him, you gotta hand it to him – he sure has kept the city, nation, and world entertained every time he enters the spotlight. When City Hall released limited edition Rob Ford bobble heads on Tuesday, fans, detractors, and speculators of the potential collectible flocked to line up and get their hands on one of the 1000.
Would you line up in the cold or pay these prices to get a limited edition bobble head of the now infamous Toronto mayor?