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    The 5 worst ways to ask for a raise

    Everyone would love a raise—but there are several surefire ways to ensure you won't get one.


    Dentist and assistant

    I slept with you… now pay up.”

    This is the elephant in the room: Blackmail (over any situation) is not a good idea. The focus group initially said this while laughing, but they started to really talk about it. It is pretty serious. Having sexual relations with a boss never has a good outcome—and any form of extortion doesn’t make for a “healthy” work environment.

    A better way: Never use blackmail (pretty simple!). Before you start a relationship, find a new job and protect your reputations and lives. Affairs can destroy everything you have. It gets even worse with sexual harassment claims!

    Trending article: Fighting back against sexual harassment in the dental industry

    To review: Don’t be demanding. Give facts and talk about your performance. Be prepared to find another opportunity if you are not happy. Just don’t jump ship without a net.

    If you have stories about how to ask for a raise, email them to [email protected] .


    Lisa Newburger, LISW-S
    Lisa Newburger, a master's level social worker supervisor, helps audiences find humor in talking about tough topics. Her "in-your-face" ...


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