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myamnesia

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Denied Pay Raise
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:55:20 AM »
My husband hasn't had a wage increase for 5 years and after thinking about it all year, he went ahead and asked our boss yesterday. We have both worked for the same employer for 11 years and accommodation is provided as part part of our employment package. He was denied and one of the reasons he was given was that as his living expenses haven't increased he would be netting any increase his employer gave him...to us that sounds like the justification for not increasing his salary is that he doesn't "need" any extra money so why should he give it to him. My husband now feels extremely undervalued...anyone have any thoughts on this to help us understand if our boss is justified or being out of line?

Hayden

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Re: Denied Pay Raise
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 01:19:42 PM »
What industry are you both in? Is the industry growing or shrinking? How is the company performance?

My only thought is that it is a job seekers market right now. Have your husband ALWAYS have his feelers out and have a strong recruiting team in his corner. Put your linked on 'looking for a job' always. Opportunities are out there right now and the more offers he has in the pipeline, the more power he will have in those conversations.
Very Respectfully,
Hayden

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Re: Denied Pay Raise
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 02:05:52 PM »
This employer's reason (you indicated there were more) for denying a pay raise is not valid or rational.  The analysis should be about the value of the employee to the employer, can the employer pay that amount and, if not, is the employee willing (for what ever reason) to accept lessor wages.  That being said, not everyone or all things are rational.  Your husband might provide a comparison (another job versus his current job) to try to encourage the employer to be "more" reasonable.  If your husband (and possibly you since you work for the same employer) is not prepared to move to a new job, he has little leverage in the negotiation.  It is always best to look for a new job while currently employed.     

myamnesia

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Re: Denied Pay Raise
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 01:57:27 PM »
Thanks for the input, we work in high end hospitality & estate management and it's not a corporate environment. We've been working on FI for a while and are planning on taking a 1-2 year vacation before reentering the workforce part time...this has just strengthened our resolve to ramp it up! It has been a good wake up call that we're being taken advantage of and not truly valued.

Hayden

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Re: Denied Pay Raise
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 02:55:20 PM »
Thanks for the input, we work in high end hospitality & estate management and it's not a corporate environment. We've been working on FI for a while and are planning on taking a 1-2 year vacation before reentering the workforce part time...this has just strengthened our resolve to ramp it up! It has been a good wake up call that we're being taken advantage of and not truly valued.

Use that attitude to fuel your future decisions. Good luck to you!
Very Respectfully,
Hayden

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Re: Denied Pay Raise
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 08:45:24 AM »
Thanks for the input, we work in high end hospitality & estate management and it's not a corporate environment. We've been working on FI for a while and are planning on taking a 1-2 year vacation before reentering the workforce part time...this has just strengthened our resolve to ramp it up! It has been a good wake up call that we're being taken advantage of and not truly valued.

Good job you.  Enjoy life.