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How should I 'remind' my boss about that promised raise?

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For the last year, my supervisor has been telling me that I'll be due for a raise "as soon as the company is back on its feet." Well, two months ago, the executive team made a flashy presentation about our bright prospects for the coming year. I myself have processed a couple dozen salary increases for other employees. So far, not one word from my supervisor about when I might be getting a little something extra. At what point should I nudge her about this? How should I approach that awkward conversation?—Julia, SC


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Ismael Tabije July 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

There's a story that goes:

A guy goes to his boss and says, "Sir, there are three companies that are going after me recently. Would you be willing to discuss a raise?". The boss was taken aback and readily agreed to a substantial increase. When the guy was going out, the boss asks what these companies were. The guy says, "the phone company, the water utility and the power company."

Joking aside, you'll just have to gently and diplomatically remind your boss of her commitment immediately, while the iron is hot. You'll never know if things will get bad in the coming days and she'll find a convenient alibi to postpone it again.

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SRJ April 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hopefully your organization will keep to its word as I was given the same song & dance almost a year ago. I’ve processed over half a dozen pay increases for individuals as well as new hires that are being paid over $100k a year – all the while I’m being put off every time I try to bring up the subject. At which point does it become discrimination when every other person in the organization receives pay increases of a significant amount (anywhere from $7k for one and $20k for another), while another employee is told they must wait for additional funding?

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Steven March 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

Telepathy will not work! You are going to have to figure out some way to basically say, “Sally, a few months ago we talked about a salary increase once the business was growing. It seems like it is, and I would like to revisit that conversation. Can we schedule a time to talk about my contributions to the company?”

Who knows, it might work.

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