Appraisal: What could be coming between you and the hike

ou ideate, plan and toil all through the year but when appraisal season kicks in, you usually have neither a decent raise nor a promotion to brag about. It’s not as if companies are holding back on rewards.

The annual salary increment survey by global human resource consulting Aon Hewitt revealed that the average salary increments in 2013 will be 10.3 per cent, as compared to the 11 per cent raise in 2012.

Key talent will reportedly walk away with an average 14.1 per cent pay hike. But if, despite all your efforts, you continue to come up against a wall, here’s possibly why:Suryanarayan Subramaniam, National HR Head, Tata AIG General Insurance

Every employee must understand his role in the unit, and figure how the unit functions and affects the organisation’s growth. An understanding of how he can contribute to its growth, and consequently the progress of the organisation, is vital.

So apart from figuring your function at a micro level, look at the bigger picture. It’ll help you with time management and decision making. Display initiative. Someone who goes beyond his call is bound to be rewarded.
Nitin Srivastava, CEO, Mindworks Global Media Services

Things work at the workplace as they would in any aspect of life. Are you likely to have a more rewarding life if you push the envelope, or if you settle with things around you? A company and its people are incentivised to grow and yet the path to growth is not always well laid out.

It is a work in progress. So the person who sees his or her work in this context, beyond what has been defined, is naturally a better fit. That’s why he or she is selected over others for promotions and better raises.
Adrian Williams, HR Head, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.

An employee’s growth is as much his responsibility as it is the company’s. Given today’s rapidly changing business environment, staying relevant is key. This calls for a ‘cando’ attitude, an in-depth awareness of the industry you work in, the market and organisation and focusing on your competency.

Everyone expects a promotion, but it comes to those who are constantly abreast with the company’s vision and align their competencies to the requirement of the next role.
Ishan Gupta, Co-founder, EduKart

Slogging and dedication don’t always result in an appraisal. A competitive business environment requires ‘smart’ workers. One way to be one is to stay up to date with trends in the market and upgrade your skill set.

Follow industry articles and the latest research when you have the time. Up-skill and re-skill as often as you can. Several young professionals sign up for diploma and degree courses in a bid to move up the corporate ladder. It works.
Sairee Chahal, Co-founder, Fleximoms

Self-promotion is a movie you play out in your head first. You must define your personal story – achievements, aspirations, weaknesses and strengths, and most of all what you value – before vying for other people’s attention.

Promoting yourself by communicating more actively with colleagues and seniors. Are you interested in a project or part of a significant achievement at work? Share. The process trail in most companies is designed to map your footprint and effort.
Priyanka Bhatia, Co-founder, One Tree Spaces

Managing expectations is essential because you’re dealing with the biggest variablehuman beings. Your expectations from the company may have nothing to do with reality. The best way to manage them is to get into the nittygritty of what the company wants from you – and check your ability to deliver it.

Good employers spell this out in Key Result Areas (KRAs). If there are areas where you can’t deliver, don’t quit. Just skill up. Start by picking up an unresolved challenge in your company. Turn it into a project and send it to the person who would most benefit from it. And whenever you perform well, communicate and let the others know!
Shankar Avsb, Investor, 7Avenues Enterprises

Almost every organisation has a pyramid structure. Promotions are difficult because of fewer slots on the upside; a salary raise is relatively easier if you are good at work. If you think you deserve a promotion or raise but aren’t getting it, seize the opportunity instead of complaining.

Start taking on more responsibility, ease your manager’s workload and prove your worth by asking customers to send feedback and endorse your work. If you think of a job as just a source of salary, your motivation level will be inadequate for senior roles.

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