Are You Passive About Pay?

Start with this self-assessment to help gauge your pay raise potential.

Most women haven’t been trained to ask for higher pay. Does that include you? Without training, otherwise smart professionals can be passive about pay. What are the symptoms? 

Are You Passive About Pay?

Passive or Proactive?

Use the checklist below to do a self-assessment: check each box that applies to you.

  • I wait for my manager to initiate my (sometimes overdue) job performance review.
  • I prepare for my review by filling out employer-issued forms—that’s about it.
  • I rely on my memory to recall my measurable job achievements since my last review.
  • ​I’m not sure of my manager’s job priorities so I can’t link my performance to them.
  • ​I don’t have a clear target goal for my pay raise so I don't know how much to ask for.
  • ​I agree to whatever increase is offered to me without making a case for more.
  • ​I’m unfamiliar with following a strategic Pay Raise Process; I just wing it.
  • ​I tacitly accept my manager’s assertions about pay raise limits related to the budget.
  • ​I assume if everyone else gets only COLA increases, that’s all I can get.
  • I’ve avoided learning and doing the steps I need to take to get a sizable raise.

How Did Your Score?

Results: Count the number of checked boxes to get your assessment and recommendations.

  • 0 – 3 boxes: Good beginnings! You’re more proactive than passive about pay, with the right mindset and behaviors for getting steady pay increases.
  • 4 – 6 boxes: You’re showing clear symptoms of being passive about pay and are at high risk for being underpaid.
  • 7 – 10 boxes: You’re suffering from chronic under-earning and urgent treatment is required.

No matter how you scored, there’s value in knowing where you are now so you can plan your steps for the future. You’re invited to learn what to do and what to say to get higher pay using courses, coaching and other resources here at Pay Raise Prep School for Women.