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How you asked for a raise?

Ready for a overdue review. Not sure if my boss plans on giving me the raise i am hoping for. It’s been two years and I believe I worth more then I’m getting paid. Any suggestions? I already plan on giving him a list of all the great things I doing in the office.



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Great start on giving him a list of the things you are already doing around the office! Additionally, I recommend going to your state’s Employment Department or Bureau of Labor websites to get the average pay for your area. If you are underpaid relative to average, show him the pay statistics to justify a higher amount. If you are at about the average pay, use your list of things you do around the office to justify a higher than average pay. Doctors will often pay less than average because they get away with it when nobody speaks up. From their point of view, why pay more if they don’t have to! By showing him tangible numbers you can be much more persuasive as to why you deserve a raise. No doctor wants to think of his office as bellow average, so at the very least they should pay the average for your area — even more so when you go above and beyond at work!

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Don’t use an annual review of your job performance to open up this dialogue ? Is hygiene production met each month? that’s a good source of information…have you taken additional sick leave or vacation days or receive any type of benefit??? If not those are nice to have instead of a raise…bring in to the conversation standard rate of pay in your area and simply ask what can you do to increase your rate …leave it to the doctor to bring to the table those suggestions …then secure in writing this agreement between you and the doctor. If declined ask to have a reason. Then see if the doctor is open for another request once reasons of denial have been met…

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Track your numbers / production/ retention/ new patients every month…if the office doesn’t, do it yourself, keep it in a binder. regardless of what the going rate in your area is, your numbers are key…IF that is what he is about. In my office , my DDS could not care less about production, her philosophy is if we treat the patients like every one of them is family, the numbers will be there. If your DDS sounds more like mine, respond to me for ideas of what to bring to the table during a review in lieu of the numbers.

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All great answers above!! Put all your thoughts in writing. Then they have to address each topic

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I have not had to have asked for a raise, but I do keep my numbers in a binder. Production, new patients from year to year.

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I agree with tracking production and showing how profitable you are to the practice. Thats what I have been doing for years.

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I have an annual review and I ask for a raise during my review as it is an appropriate time to do so. My boss asked me what would make me happy, so I told him a raise is always welcome, then suggested a $1 raise per hour, which is a fair amount to ask for. I have a great boss who is easy to talk with. He is always happy with my performance and input at the office, so I feel confident that he will give me a raise if I ask, but only if I ASK. If I’m perfectly fine with my current wage, he is fine keeping it there. He’s a good business man, so I don’t blame him one bit!

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I have never had to ask for a raise. I get an annual review with raise. I think you need to definitely talk to your boss about your performance and production. I am sure it’s difficult to ask for a raise, I’m glad I’ve never had to. Goo luck, think positive.

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