Pay Raise Case Study (Gary)

By · Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

QuoteGary is a Quality Engineer and feels that his boss will use the standby argument that the poor economy is why a larger raise is not in order.  Gary figures that after 15 years of being underpaid that he lost at least $25,000 over the years.

Many people think, as Gary did, that if he adopted the same strategy his friends used in asking for a raise that he’ll get a different result.  This is the definition of insanity, which is doing the same thing and expecting something different.  Instead, Gary should look for a winning solution, not just a familiar solution.

Unfortunately Gary chose not to invest in himself and try something new.  So guess what?  Gary got turned down again because of the economy.  But, I’ll let you in on a little inside secret.  Sheila, who works at the same firm as Gary, got a 9% raise.  I guess the economy improved during Sheila’s 30 minute pay review.

What has been your experience with getting a raise?  Did you ask in the same way that others at your firm asked or did you use an outside the box, methodical and proven approach?


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