Real talk: At some point in your life (probably more like many points), you’ll need to ask for a raise. If you’re thriving at work, contributing to the growth of the company and continually succeeding in a tangible way, it might be time for more moolah. That being said, it’s never easy to ask for a salary bump. (I get stress sweat just thinking about it!) So today, we’re teaming up with Secret Deodorant to arm you (and your underarms) with eight tips to face the unavoidable stress that comes with asking for a raise.
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3. Do research on other salaries in the industry. You’ll only be helping yourself out if you are knowledgeable about the average salary for your position (or the position you want) in your part of the country. Websites like Glassdoor are great resources for finding competitive paychecks in your field.
4. Know your value. Ask yourself these questions (and be ready to answer them on the spot!): What have you contributed to the company? What makes you stand out? What will your future achievements be and how will that help the company grow? What reasons does your boss have to say no? (Photo via Getty)
5. Be ready with supporting evidence. Have a mental list of contributions, milestones, numbers and notable projects at the ready. Use specific examples and data to back them up. Again, know your worth and use this platform to proudly talk yourself up!
6. Don’t make it all about you. Be wary of language about personally “deserving” the raise. Although a raise affects you personally, it’s not about you in the company’s eyes. It’s about the business. So again, ask yourself how you are helping them to do better business and present your case as to why they should invest in you. (Photo via Getty)
7. Don’t bring up coworkers’ salaries. We know you want to, but don’t do it! You have the power to negotiate your own salary and so do they.
8. Go in with a number! Walk into the meeting with a number in mind. Asking for a raise without one is a no-no. If you leave it up to your boss to offer an amount, you’ll likely be disappointed.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)