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When requesting a 10% raise for your salary as a recreational therapist, consider the following steps:
1. Research and gather evidence: Gather supporting data and information that demonstrates your value and justifies the raise. This can include industry salary surveys, any additional certifications or qualifications you have obtained, and examples of specific accomplishments or achievements in your role.
2. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor: Request a meeting with your supervisor or manager to discuss your salary. Make sure to choose a time when they are available and not too busy.
3. Prepare a professional appeal: Prior to the meeting, prepare a professional appeal that outlines your request and the reasons for it. Clearly articulate your contributions, skills, and how you have exceeded expectations in your role.
4. Highlight your impact: Emphasize the positive impact you have had on patients or clients, the positive feedback you have received from them and their families, and any measurable improvements you have made in their well-being or overall success.
5. Discuss your increased responsibilities or additional duties: If you have taken on additional responsibilities or duties since your last salary increase, be sure to highlight them. Demonstrate how these added responsibilities have contributed to your growth and the value you bring to the organization.
6. Request a 10% raise: Politely and confidently state your request for a 10% raise. Clearly articulate the reasons for this specific amount, such as the market value for similar positions or your exceptional contributions.
7. Be flexible: Be prepared for a negotiation. It is possible that your supervisor might not agree to the full 10% raise, but may be open to a smaller increase. Be open to discussing alternative compensation, such as benefits, bonuses, or other incentives.
8. Remain professional: Throughout the discussion, maintain a professional and respectful tone. Be prepared to answer any questions or concerns your supervisor may have and be open to feedback.
9. Follow up in writing: After the meeting, follow up with a written request, summarizing the key points discussed during your conversation. This provides a written record of your proposal.
Remember, when asking for a raise, it is important to approach the conversation professionally and be prepared to provide evidence of your value and contributions to support your request.
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