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Holding employers accountable for promises made

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Q. I’ve just taken a new job. My employer made lots of promises about how my pay will go up, how I’ll get a bigger office, how the computer system will improve, etc. The job isn’t great but if all these promises come true, I’ll be happier. What can I do to hold my boss accountable?

A. You’re smart not to accept such assurances blindly. We hear from many employees who grow restless when promises go unmet. Draft a memo confirming your discussion. Conclude by writing, “I appreciate your commitment to increase my compensation, relocate my office and modernize the computer system, and I’m pleased these events will take place in the next few months.”

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