Our salaries are essentially a financial representation of our worth (in a professional capacity, at least). And so, for most of us, the thought of having to explicitly ask our bosses for more money is both personal and daunting.
The fear of rejection, combined with potentially having to face up to the fact we may be undervalued, can be confronting, and it's likely to be a harsh realisation for most of the country.
Wage growth in Australia has crawled to a virtual standstill over the past five years, with the situation looking unlikely to pick up until 2023 or later. So, when the country's economic state indicates it's tougher than ever to inch your way up the pay bracket, is it actually possible to get what you want salary-wise?
Anna O'Dea, recruitment expert and managing director of Agency Iceberg and one of LinkedIn's Global TopVoices of 2017 on workplace issues, says that, ultimately, negotiation comes down to being paid at a level that reflects your value - and that nothing should stand in the way of that. Here are six steps to follow when asking for a pay rise: