Question: Recently, we rearranged various departments within our small company due to workload.
One department in particular has had one person handling it very well for about four years. The person has been with the company for eight years.
We now have restructured this department to have two employees working together to handle the increase in work.
The person moving into this second position has been with the company for 17 years and has been in many different departments over those years. This individual is a good, loyal, committed worker but works at a slow pace, having performed well in some positions and struggled in others.
The department procedures have been rethought, and both individuals will be doing the same job, providing coverage for when either one is out of the office. No seniority has been created for this department. Both have the same job title.
They are team players and have worked well together in the past. We believe both can handle the department's new format.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle compensation for these individuals? Length of time with the company and length of time in this particular department pose challenges: The 17-year employee recently requested a raise in pay beyond her normal review using her length of employment as the reason.
Should length of employment be considered when determining compensation, or should performance in the position be the primary consideration? -- DFL, Pennsylvania