Some tips from witches on how to ask for more
As John Waters advised in a RISD commencement speech - (paraphrasing) - ask for the moon, a 'no' is free. As an HR/HR-adjacent person in average corporate settings for the past 20 years, I've seen a few sides of this. Sometimes there just isn't money in the budget for salary and what comes with it on the company side, or sometimes the increase would put you outside of a salary band for your role. Sometimes the conversation gets shut down simply because talking about money makes people uncomfortable. What I see as a real problem is some corporate/company cultures that directly correlate salary with title/role, so they "have to" promote someone into a people manager role to justify a higher salary, even though the person is not looking to become a people manager, they just want to be paid more for their expertise in their current job. It's a recipe for misery.
I wish I had some of these tips 45 years ago, Claire!!
NB--I know that this represents certain professions that tend to require certain education levels. I would like to do a follow up on how witches in hourly/service jobs can also advocate for themselves. If you are or have a source you think would be good for this please LMK!