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Q. My salary review was scheduled for
July. But my boss said that due to the potential reorganization of the
company, my salary increase could not be addressed until after the
board met to discuss changes. The board made no decisions; another
meeting is set for October. I don’t want to be too demanding in a time
of possible layoffs, but I want my raise! Should I sit tight and trust
A. When your salary review gets postponed repeatedly, ask your boss for
a timetable. For example, agree that your salary review will occur no
later than two weeks after the October board meeting. Prod your boss to
set a date and time now, just to enter it in your calendars. Send a
short note to your boss confirming the discussion. Then drop it. Give
your boss one more chance to come through.
Meanwhile, here are two tests to tell whether you should give your
employer the benefit of the doubt, start making more noise or look for
another job. Does your boss treat your salary review seriously and
apologize for the delay? Fair-minded managers understand that salary
reviews are important. And does your boss keep you updated on the
situation and bring up the topic without you having to ask?
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