Salary and Benefits

February 26, 2014

Career advice: Hey, what happened to my raise?

Career advice: Hey, what happened to my raise?

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Q: The legislature in my state recently increased the minimum wage. As a result, a newly hired employee now makes almost as much as I do. My supervisor said that if I gave her a list of my duties and responsibilities, she would try to get me a raise. I provided this summary two months ago.

My boss has never mentioned the pay increase again. Even though her request had to be approved by the next two levels of management, I don’t think it should take this long. I’d like to know what’s happening, but I’m not sure how to find out.

A: After waiting patiently for two months, you deserve to know where things stand. Although you may be concerned about pestering your boss, asking a respectful question could hardly be considered nagging.

For example: “I wanted to follow up on the pay increase that we discussed a couple of months ago. I believe you sent the request to upper management, so I was wondering whether they had made a decision.”

If this is a large organization where many people hold similar positions, the delay could be caused by an overall revision of the compensation plan. Or perhaps the paperwork is languishing somewhere in the management chain. But regardless of the circumstances, your question is perfectly reasonable, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Submit questions to Marie G. McIntyre at yourofficecoach.com.

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