If I were the boss, I’d give me a raise!

boss of the company - bosses and giving raises
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
September 12, 2012 4:10pm CST
Don’t you feel this way sometimes? Yesterday was a hectic day. I thought I had an easy day, but just before lunch I was already cramming to get a lot of jobs done, and a lot of shipments out the door. I hustled all day that I didn’t even get to eat! It was not that I was tardy or late on anything, I just wanted to get a lot done. Over and beyond what was expected of me. Of course the boss was oblivious to this! If I owned a small company such as this, and I see somebody hard at work like this all the time, I’d give him/her a raise right away! Too much? I've put too much self-importance on me? But don’t you think you need a little incentives like these to help keep you motivated at work?
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@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
12 Sep 12
We get yearly raises based on performance. Unfortunately each one of our performances is tied into the banking center itself. If we have a good month and get a lot of new accounts, and meet all our goals (professional treatment, customer wait time, etc.) then our performance is good. If overall we don't meet our goals, our performance isn't good. I think over the past few months I've gone above and beyond. We lost an employee so I've put in extra hours. This week another employee hurt herself, so I've had to pick up even more hours last minute. I was supposed to go in at 10 on Tuesday, I was asked to go in an hour and half earlier. I think based on my own personal performance, which is decent, in addition to being flexible, I do deserve a raise!
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
17 Sep 12
Oh, I know you're hardworking kat! Even at your subway days. So if there is anybody deserving a raise, it would be you. If only it weren't tied to your bank center, then you'd be getting more than the rest of your colleagues there. Thanks for the response!
@much2say (40856)
• United States
13 Sep 12
Hee hee - and I've sometimes felt if I were the boss, I would fire me - ha ha!!! You sound like a great employee, bounce! Sure, if I saw someone going beyond their duties at work all the time, I would think a raise would be in order! But as many small companies cannot afford to give raises these days, I sure wouldn't mind a nice BONUS as an alternative!!! I had a friend who was in management . . . and she knew the higher boss wouldn't be giving anyone raises anytime soon. So her idea for rewarding them was taking them out for pizza parties every now and then!! My last boss was nice enough to give me raises each year - but oh he was super chinsy about holiday bonuses. He had a bright idea to give all of us frozen turkeys as a bonus . . . I actually didn't mind because it was it was food for me and hubby (before kids) . . . but for everyone else it was an insult as they really would rather have gotten some real cash (like we used to). They didn't feel taken care of, so they didn't feel the need to be loyal if another opportunity came up. Anyway, if not a raise, well wouldn't it be nice if, at the very least, people got acknowledgement for their hard work? A pat on the back, some kind words, a thumbs up for a job well done?! I would give raises out in an instant if I had some great employees . . . but it'd have to depend on the company's financial state. If not, I would give some kind of incentive to reward the hard workers . . . that would hopefully keep everyone motivated and keep the team together! I was thinking of the kids and how they get sticker rewards or get to pick from the prize box . . . but s o m e h o w I don't think that would be enough for people who work - heh heh!!
@much2say (40856)
• United States
19 Sep 12
My fave movie too!!! I just pictured your crew enjoying the "suds" after a hard week at work!
@allen0187 (34433)
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
hi bounce58! i think all employees feel this way. i found myself feeling this way a lot as well. of course, i've been working for a long time already and i've become more experienced. i've gotten attuned to what they call 'perception management' and honestly it has worked well for me. the key is not to work harder but more important to work smarter. hope this helps bounce. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
20 Sep 12
I'd like to think that I've also learned to work 'smarter'. That was when I was working for a big company. Now it is harder to work 'not-smart' when there's only a few people in the whole office. Thanks allen!
@allen0187 (34433)
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
hi bounce58. i understand that there might be differences between working in a 'big' company and working in a 'smaller' office. although, i'd most likely think that the dynamics would be the same. anyway, here's hoping that you continue to work smart in your current office now. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
• United States
13 Sep 12
You are important! You are a great worker and a great father. I fear your boss either doesn't realize this or hasn't have the money for that raise. Just know I'm proud of you.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
20 Sep 12
Thanks sarah! I do understand that it's a small company. And any raise could affect the bottom line of the company. But once in a while I would like to think that I'm good for it! And worth a little bit of raise.
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• United States
20 Sep 12
You are worth a Huge raise! If you start to feel like you are not needed in this job And they are not paying you what you deserve , it is time to find another gig! Follow Your Bliss. Your kids need a happy father, you know what I mean?
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I will give myself a raise every month! Yesterday, the cramming in our office started because of the controllable manhour for a certain project. And as always, when I am being rushed, I cram and sometimes, I get messed up. It's our second day today and I think I can finish it on time. (fingers crossed)
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Sep 12
I think it's just human nature that we 'mess up' when we get cramming. As opposed to having enough time to make sure that we do everything right. I hope you got that project finished on time. And thanks!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Yes, I was able to finish it but I exceeded the alloted man-hour by 10 hours. I think it's not that bad, because they gave us the littlest man-hour they can give.
@SIMPLYD (86490)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I am that way too sometimes in the office, bounce. Though it didn't cross my mind to have such thought for a raise. But i guess, that would indeed be nice. How uncaring your boss is. Me, my boss would me lunch or snack when she saw me doing that kind of effort. That, is already a nice motivation for myself. Keep up the good work, bounce!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Sep 12
I actually had to do some overtime last Saturday. And I've asked a few guys from the floor to do some work for me. I think the boss realized that he's taking away our weekend that he actually bought us lunch! That's a start! Thanks D!
@SIMPLYD (86490)
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
Well bounce , us employees could easily be appeased when we are to do an overtime, by a treat of foods. That's one way how we can also show (if we are the boss) our gratitude to our employees.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
15 Sep 12
I think that the people that work harder and do more should be recognized. I think raises are nice..I think I need one too..LOL. I do think, however, that raises are more temporary as far as rewards go. After a few weeks, people gain a higher standard of living and they are in the same boat money wise that they were before. I could use some personal level incentive almost as much as a raise. Not that I wouldn't like one..lol..but it is also good to feel good about what you are doing I think. If I can find ways to make the people working with me feel good about what they are doing and take a bit of ownership they are happier in the long run. Of course that doesn't mean that they should not get raises...just that there are other things to tend to as well.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Sep 12
After a few weeks, people gain a higher standard of living and they are in the same boat money wise that they were before. This is so true! This explains why it doesn't seem to feel 'better' even after I've gone through a lot of raises, and have improved so much in my career. I still feel that I need to work even harder. That temporary feeling of getting a raise though sure feels good once in a while. Thanks Jen!
@mythociate (15963)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13 Sep 12
No! (I negatively rated this discussion not just because I disagree, but because others are bound to agree ... like sheep being led to the slaughter by the hope of yummy food like their shepherd has led them to before.) If all things are right, your boss is paying you for the job you are expected to do; he should almost DOCK your pay for doing it better-than-expected! Besides, I think it's called Keynesian Economics, that tells us that increasing the wage amount DECREASES the 'real wage' (the amount of stuff that a dollar will buy).
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
Of course, I would see to it that my employees are well compensated. I know the feeling of underpaid. If there is enough resources to give a raise, i will be gladly to make that move. Nothing compares to a satisfied employee for he or she will performs well and exceeds the expectations. Thanks
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
20 Sep 12
Although the view that if you reward an employee with a raise, he or she would work harder for the company, is a bit naive, I think it really works for me. I'd value a raise anytime, and I would show how hard I work for it. Thanks mikyung!
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I been there most of the time before getting the raise that would really pay off the job that I am doing.They always saying that its cost cutting yet some are spending too much.Sometimes it is really quite unfair the fact that you are doing things that is not pay off enough.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Sep 12
It's always a difficult thing to balance for management. Trying to make sure that employees are well-compensated when they themselves have an imposed cost-cutting measure. I've seen both sides of the argument, and it's difficult. Thanks ardoy0731!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Sep 12
Just send me all necessary details so that I can deal with your request
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Sep 12
Yes! I think you're capable of 'diplomatically' telling my boss to give me a raise cynthi! Or can I get your son to do it?
@kris3rdE (156)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
You deserve it! If I'm your boss I'll give you a raise and appreciation! :)
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Sep 12
Thanks kris3rdE. And I hope you take advantage of your full experience here in myLot and expound more on your responses. You'd be surprise that it'll be rewarding.
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
13 Sep 12
Work under motivation is cool and i think it is reasonable to just give you a raise. For sometimes i feel it is hard under such load of work and pressure. However, we still have choice to choose which job we to take. Good for you.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Sep 12
Hello jricky1. Not really sure what you meant, but thanks for dropping by. And I do think that for a measurable amount of motivation there is an equivalent monetary raise.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
13 Sep 12
Hi sweetie. I made a promise to myself, to never ever ever work for a boss again. Been there, had the headaches. Now I am the boss, cannot give myself a raise yet. Come work for me.....
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Sep 12
Yes! I'd work for you saphrina. And I promise not to give you any headaches. I wouldn't even go near your 3-week old armour. So, what is it I'm doing?
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I will definitely give you a raise if I'm your boss. And I'd give myself a raise too, if I'm the boss in the company Sadly, some of them never realized it and some just take advantage of their hard working employee.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Sep 12
Yes. That's why I think the people that make the best bosses are the ones that have gone through becoming an employee. So that they too would appreciate how some put in so much hard work. Thanks enelym!
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
I am happy that you have that kind of heart towards your employee, I think if you will become an employer you will give what your employee deserves for you're able to experience how hard it is. It's really right to work hard and to be appreciated by words or incentives is indeed worth a price. I hope your boss can see it. I empathize your feeling.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Sep 12
I definitely would be a more understanding boss if I become an employer. I know that there would be sacrifices that need to be made to run a business, but I wouldn't loose sight of the fact that what makes a good business run are well-motivated employees. Thanks!
@STOUTjodee (3486)
• United States
12 Sep 12
Oh, most definitely have been there, even acknowledgment would have been great! It seems like every job I've had I learned every aspect of the job. If someone was sick and couldn't come in , I'd do my job and was trained to do the person who couldn't come ins job. I was lucky one time when I worked at a bar and resteraunt though. I was trained to do dishes, prep cook and waitress. Of course,waitresses only made $4 an hour plus tips, but since I was working in the kitchen, I made $6.25 an hour plus my tips. So that was an incentive!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Sep 12
I guess that's a different way of looking at it! Next to the owners, I have the highest 'title' in the company. So when I do help out other people in the shop and still get paid my regular salary, then it is an incentive. Thanks STOUTjodee!