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Susan M. Heathfield

How to Communicate a Salary Increase

By October 2, 2013

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You'd think that communicating with an employee about a salary increase would be fun and motivating for you both. And, it can be. When you know how to communicate the pay raise effectively, your verbal communication adds to the recognition and good will that the employee experiences.

Even when the news you communicate is good news about a raise, perhaps the employee expected more. Or, he or she disagrees with the reasons why the raise is what it is. You need to be prepared for the most common reactions to your communication of a salary increase so you're not blindsided in the meeting.

You also need to prepare carefully for the meeting so that you communicate effectively. There are dos and don'ts about how to communicate the increase, too. Find out how.

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