Public speaking has long been considered one of the greatest sources of anxiety, but there’s a one-on-one conversation that makes employees even more nervous: Asking the boss for a raise.
According to the Confidence Matters study from Robert Half, slightly fewer than half of professionals (49%) feel confident when asking for a pay increase, compared to 57% who feel self-assured when public speaking.
In fact, there’s a long list of things people say they would just as soon do instead of requesting a raise. Some examples:
Being uncomfortable talking about money with the boss can be costly over the long term, according to Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “People who are hesitant to talk about compensation may reduce their earning power—not just in their current role but also with future employers,” he said.
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