Do you feel your boss should remember your big successes?

By · Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known.” – Montaignenothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known

Mary is a hard working accountant with 8 years at her current firm.  She earned, on average, 2-3% pay increases each year.  Mary did not get serious financial recognition for all the hours of extra work and special projects that she delivered.  This frustrates her to no end because she feels unappreciated.  Mary, like most people, has a belief system that her boss will remember and appreciate her work contributions.   Also Mary, like most of us, was not trained at how to secure a great raise.  Instead, she gets help from friends and family, but not from an expert.

Mary did what her friends and co-workers did, which was doing what felt right and easy at the time.  She shot from the hip when asking for a raise. The result was that Mary went on for years complaining that she was underpaid and under-appreciated.  The formula for getting a large pay increase is not a secret, but it does take time, effort and skills to fine tune that formula.  By default, Mary decided the $14,000 she was being underpaid was not worth the effort to learn how to get a significant raise.

What would an added $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 do for your budget and family?


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