The job market has been steadily improving, but you might not be able to tell by
But whether you get a raise is not about skills, talent or the number of years on the job, said Cynthia Shapiro, author of "Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn't Want You to Know—and What to Do About Them." "It's about how they emotionally feel about you, and that is squarely within your power by your behavioral choices every day."
Employers tend to favor, financially and otherwise, the people they like, regardless of whether they're the best or most productive workers. "More often than not, your attitude and behavior form an unconscious bias in the manager's mind when making pay decisions," said Kim Seeling Smith, founder of human resources training and consulting firm Ignite Global. "So of course your behavior as an employee is going to factor into [pay]."
How can you boost your standing, and salary, at work? Start by changing the following behaviors.
— By Stacy Rapacon, special to CNBC.com