How often should you get a raise or earnings increase?

@coolseeds (3927)
United States
May 16, 2007 1:28pm CST
I own a company and pay people $6 per hour to start. I would like to start people out at a higher pay rate. Most of the people who have applied suck and do not deserve minimum wage let alone more than $6. However I will give someone a $1 raise within a week if they work and learn. I am also trying to develop a grading system for evaluations. The 2 problems are absenteeism and those who don't take pride in their work. I don't know what an employee wants to make them come to work. Nor do I know why those who don't work bother to show up. I usually pay for lunch as well as provide plenty of healthy beverages during the day. More than one employee from the temp agency has gone back and said that they have never worked for someone like me. They say that I treated them well and they are not used to employers who care for their employees. I have been trying to think of creative ways to pay more. I have considered monthly bonuses based on performance as well as attendance. You wouldn't believe how many people do not show up for work. How often should you or someone get a raise? How much should it be? How much do you expect when you get a raise? What incentives get you to care for your work?
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@UDDERONES (888)
• United States
16 May 07
I normally get a raise once a year. But sometimes when one is new they get a raise after 90 days. But one place I worked as an incentive to come to work they gave us bonus days. For every quarter you didn't miss or was not late you earned 8 hours off. That was nice. Then they changed it and you earned a $25 gift card to wal-mart. This always agrivated me as this was only for workers in our plant. We could not get in on the action. It made me mad as I didn't get the benefits and I was there all the time, because I was hourly admin.
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• United States
16 May 07
I get paid decent, but not well. I have no benefits either, no paid holidays or vacatons, no medical insurance ot anything like that. I haven't missed any time in three years the reason I never take time off is that I can't afford to. I don't know how to make people take pride in their work or their work ethics. Todays work force is very uncaring about things like ethics. I usually get a raise once a year, and because my company is on a fiscal year I get a retro active raise around christmas time, I get a Christmas bonus and sometimes a general bonus if the company has good profits....It is a non profit company so they either use profits for building maintenance or upgardes and return to employees. One year the bonus was equivalent to two weeks pay. I think you should do evaluations and maybe dock pay for being late or missing work. Make up a list of things you want corrected and figure out a penalty for neglecting to do them. If you are hiring through a temp agency just tell them that their work is not acceptable. The temp service can fine them since they are under contract.
• United States
18 May 07
I agree with you, the physical nature of your work makes it hard to keep good employees. Physical labor is not what people wish to do nowadays. All the kids want that million dollar job right when they graduate and it never occurs to them they have to earn it. My daughter is one of the worst offenders and she doesn't even want to listen to me. But she will get a strong dose of reality very soon. Keep trying different things till you find something that works for you. You will have to go through a lot of prunes before you find raisins that you need.
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• United States
16 May 07
It doesn't seem like any of these employees would deserve a raise! I guess it all depends on their performance, dependability, and how long they work for you. But, I would take all factors into consideration as a whole..not just one. For example, I wouldn't give a raise to someone who has been there a year but calls in once a week. Another example: I would be willing to give someone a raise if they weren't there very long but was a hard worker and dependable. I also think gift certificates are neat. When I worked, my boss would give a $25 gift certificate for the employee of the month. I received it once and really liked that idea.
@rekhum (2374)
• India
16 May 07
My boss gives me a raise twice in a year;which is about 20-25% of my monthly salary.Thats just about fine for me.Incentives are strictly based on our performances.I won't get paid for the day i take off. I guess your very nice and caring attitude towards your employees encourage them to be laid-back and play hookey from work whenever they feel like. I'd be very strict on leave policy,had i been a manager.
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@coolseeds (3927)
• United States
17 May 07
If they don't show up I get someone else. I do not tolerate absenteeism. I might give them another chance in a week or so if they call and apologize. This not only my company. It is all over. Where my girlfriend works it is a 60/40 chance the guy will show up for his shift. If someone doesn't show up, they have to work 16 hours in a row. LOL. My girlfriend makes the manager come in but he doesn't come in for the others. That is the attitude of employees in my area. The video game generation.
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• Canada
16 May 07
well for me to like to go to work I have to like where I am working. The environment needs to be friendly and if I know I will get a raise if I preform a certain way it will make me work harder. It would be easier for me to respond to this if I knew what type of business you run. Make sure you tell your employees before hiring them what you expect them to do and what they will get in return for good work. If it were me i would advertize whatever type of bonuses your offering it may get you more workers that want to work. you could also try screening who you hire by finding out what type of work they prefer so that you have people liking their jobs.
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@coolseeds (3927)
• United States
17 May 07
I own a landscaping company. We mow lawns, maintain and install flower beds, general landscaping and some hardscapes like walls. So the job site is often new and it doesn't get old. About 1.5-2 hours per day is riding in the truck. It is easy. We don't mow anything dangerous. I get calls every day but have to turn them down because of a lack of responsible employees. I am going to try a different temp agency to see how that goes and I have a new guy starting on Monday who seems to want to do it.
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@Sherry12 (2476)
• United States
16 May 07
I think a $1 raise is a lot. But, after a week you can tell better what kind of employee they are going to be. I would make a chart with everyones name on it and give them a star when they show up on time and maybe a different colored one if they do a good job that day. Then give them a bonus with their next paycheck based on how many stars they have for being there every day and doing a good job. It sounds kind of childish, but I'm seen it work before. And, maybe you shouldn't provide lunch for them, maybe you are being too nice and they think they can get away with more.
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@jc_star10 (955)
• Indonesia
17 May 07
What kind of company that you had ? $1 Intensive for a week is a little small don't you think ? Don't get me wrong here, but I think it's just not enough to draw those people to come to work and work hard. If you give intensive to them based on their work and their regular work, I think it's much more suitable. Let's say you give them $1 if they not absent in one week. And you give them extra $5 for a week, if they did their job well. It's not much, but it's better than just add $1 in a week. And about the montly bonus, do you announce it to them ? If I get announced for monthly bonus, I will work hard to get that montly bonuses.
@coolseeds (3927)
• United States
17 May 07
$1 per hour in a week is excellent. Most people in the USA have to work at least 90 days before they get a review. I wouldn't give someone a $5 raise. That would meant that they would be making $11 per hour. That $11 translates to about $17.75 or more per hour after you figure in all of the crap they want me to pay. If they were to slack for a day that would cost me way too much. I don't have that much faith in the American worker. LOL The other companies pay $6 to $6.50 per hour. They don't get a raise unless they are there for a year. So the grass is greener on my side. I worked for another company before I started mine and we went through more than 75 employees in 3 years. The turnover rate is high. If you mean give someone a $5 bonus. No offense but I think $5 is petty and I would be insulted if an employer gave me a $5 bonus. I would tell them to keep it until they can make it mean something. I would give no less than $20 to an employee as a weekly bonus.
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• United States
17 May 07
we need a hign every six month.So that we can manage the day to day activities and also we enjoy the day.
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• United States
17 May 07
Since the cost of living increases about every year, I would suggest increasing their salaries every year. It's only fair.
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@KatieS (504)
• United States
17 May 07
I think that people who don't show up for work should not have a job. Responsibility and reliability is important if you want your business to succeed. People who show up every day, do good work and treat their co-workers with respect should be rewarded and used as an example to others. If you tell these people that before you hire them, there should be no excuse. Some people just take advantage of your easy going niceness. With the price of gas now and everything else going up because of it, you would think that people would respect their employers more.
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17 May 07
many employers have to pay them just their wage only, you are a good heart, should be proud of yourself."Humans are controlled by their minds and each action that it takes is based on the thoughts generated." sharon eiffel, have told in her article.
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• United States
17 May 07
A raise is great, but if you want to attract better quality long term employees, I would consider looking into what benefits you can offer your employees. Are there ways you can improve that? Most people looking for a job that are thinking about loyalty to the company and a long term commitment are looking at the benefits they will expect to receive on the job. I know that benefits can be difficult to offer for some small businesses, but the government has been working to make some improvements in this area. You can also start small. Look at what you can do and start from there. Offering benefits might save you money in the long run if you have better more productive employees who are committed to their jobs and happy where they are at. They will be more willing to go the extra mile and not be looking for something better to come along. Just something to consider.
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
17 May 07
I don't know where you are in the U.S.; if you are in the south, yes, that could work, if you are in California, N.Y. or somewhere like that, uhh uhh; $6 is alright to start, but to me, they need a more higher pay rate. I like what they talk about with this "living wage" thing because a person like myself, I make slightly over $6; I have a second job now; I am here and at other sites making money because I'm about a hustle; However, my job do have decent benefits; Since my father passed, I got three days bereavement and I had good vacation days as well, so I am off for like a week now. If I die tommorrow, the company will pay my family $15G insurance which to me will bury me alright, and perhaps take care of some debts I got floating, but that's it; I also have a good dental and vision, as well as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but I don't have the BC/BS, because I was in the military and use the VA system which to me is a godsend to some if you ask my opinion. As for raises, it goes by evaluations and what not; but you only get like 3%. If you get a merit raise, that means for something out of the ordinary and/or a promotion, that is like a $1 or more raise. Now you asked quesitons. I will answer; I believe a person should get a raise twice a year; with gas going up and what have you, the salaries should be on a par with the standard of living. If you come to work everyday like myself, then you should get some sort of incentive; I liked the Walmart gift certificate; If you stay with the company a year or so, you should get your pin as well as an incentive; You offer beverages, do you provide or is it in the vending machines? stuff like that. hope that helps. wanted to put my experience plus what I feel one should get.
@catbox0 (177)
• United States
17 May 07
I'd say that for an entry level job that pays around minimum wage you should be getting a raise of about 25 cents after 6 months. You should then be evaluated each additional 6 months to see if you deserve a further raise and you should be guaranteed something at least once a year.
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• India
17 May 07
well maybe your views are correct but i have no views on my own :( cuz i didnt do a job until now lol
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
17 May 07
I think the $1 raise after a week is pretty good. You could set up something to give them more pay based on how often they show up. At $6 an hour, there isn't a whole lot of incentive to come into work. I think you need to figure out how much you could reasonably afford to pay within the first year. Is that $9 or $10 an hour? If employees knew that by doing certain things they would make a certain amount after a set period, they might be more interested. Few employees will take pride in their work unless they like what they are doing. You could also set up a profit sharing program. I still think the biggest problem is that if an employee does not enjoy their work, more money will not entice them to put more effort into it. Maybe you could set up an award system that had several larger bonuses for attendence and effficiency. Where it would be more of a contest, where not everyone would win, but the winnings would be large.
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• China
17 May 07
once per year generally in china. and your way to get a raise is not so familiar with me,I don't know how to caculate the salary:(
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@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
16 May 07
One place I worked at would start with temp hires. The contract was for 9 months. During the 9 months there were various cut-offs, I think 3 months and 6 months so it was more like 3 3-month periods. At these 3 month periods, the top from each group would be brought in as a full time hire. One of the reasons to be let go, or not hired, was attendance. At that point you knew who was good workers, and they would give us an extra $1.50 and have benefits that we could buy into. With your one comment it sounds like you already use temps, so check with the temp service about doing that. Start them at minimum and if they work how you want them to then make it worthwhile to stay. Gives them incentive and you can weed out those who are just there for a paycheck.
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@GardenGerty (72896)
• Marion, Kansas
23 May 07
I want to work for you!. The starting pay is poor, but the fact that you are willing to give raises on a regular basis is great, and it does sound like you care about your employees If I read correctly, your business involves plants, also a plus. I have seen some good advice before my post, like the 90 day raise, and then some attendance incentives, or some profit sharing. Have you considered seeking out older adults to employ? They often would be glad of $6.00 or $6.15 for a starting wage, and many of them take great pride in their work. Best of luck on working at something you enjoy.
@kampo90 (289)
• Antarctica
30 Jun 07
depends on the qualati of their work ther all around efficency and what they do for the commpany you should give monyhly bonuses to people how are the hardest wrokers and earn more mony for your company this will motivate the others and it will increas your overall profist so i really recomedn that allso you shoudl have some sort of prize for the best earner or something like that at the ned of the year