Post # 1
So, I’ll have been at my job for 3 years in June. Haven’t gotten so much as a penny more since I started.
I was hired for one specific job and since then I have taken on a multitude of other responsibilities. I mean a lot more… If I could find my original job description, I’d probably laugh! I went from being an online Christmas store manager to… being a full time photographer, creating all of our tv commercials in house, am the website/Facebook manager, email newsletter person, write all radio scripts, and more (this is on top of my Christmas e-store manager job).
BUT…. I’ve gotten reprimanded twice for using the computer for personal things (oops). But — I always get ALL of my work done on time. Do you think I deserve a raise even though I still use the work computer for personal things? (WB…. lol). I’m unsure of how I feel about asking.
Post # 3
Whoops, didn’t mean to put this in relationships…
Post # 4
I don’t think using the computer for personal stuff should automatically disqualify you from getting a raise but you might want to be more careful about it in the future.
Have you talked to your boss about all the additional responsibilities you have been given and ask for a raise?
Post # 5
You definitely deserve a raise. If you were offered your starting salary for just the Christmas store manager tasks, you need a raise to compensate for all the additional duties.
Be prepared for them to bring up the reprimands and the fact that you are still violating company policy in that area. Is it possible for you to link your personal computer use to research for your job?
Prepare some speaking notes, outlining in the change in your duties. Draft a new job description and take it into a meeting with you.
Post # 6
I think you should prepare a detailed presentation. You need to clearly outline your successes, accomplishments, job duties that go over and above your basic duties. Depending on what job that you have you might even give specifics in terms of how much incremental revenue you’ve added to the bottom line, turntimes that you’ve sped up, or anything else. Also, like the previous posters said, be prepared to address the write ups that you’ve had in the past. Good luck! You might even do some research and see what is typical of your area/job descriptions. And be prepared for the possibility of a no – what would you do then?
Post # 7
It sounds like you deserve it!
Make sure to outline the additional responsibilities and be specific. If can can give figures like amount of things you’ve created or if you can track how much business has gone up since you created the FB page, then that helps a lot.
If they bring it up, don’t deny it and just say you have worked to improve and it has decreased (hopefully it has at least a little, right?).
Post # 8
Thank you everyone! What a good idea to make a list of all the things I do now, compared to when I was first hired.
@souliganprincess: A HUGE turntime is TV commercial production. It used to be they’d have to hire a video production person, and then another company would actually make the videos for them. Now?? I do ALL of it (no video, just photos only now, but still…). Talk about a $ saver. Also, good call about looking at other positions and what they are offering. Thanks! I’ll look into that. If they say no? I’m on the job hunt big time.
@MissMellow: Thank you!! I will think on the figures, I wish there was some way to “prove” advertising works :/ The job I have is so seasonal. We’re super crazy insane busy from Aug-December and then again from March – June.. July, Jan and Feb are BORING. Haha! That’s when I get figety and do personal stuff. Rarely do I ever do it when we’re busy b/c I don’t have time (which is acutally so nice, it makes the days go by so fast)
Post # 9
I think you should find your original job description, then list out all of the additional things you do, above and beyond that job description. Point out that you’ve met all work deadlines, your attendence, your willingness to take on new responsibilities, and been a team player for for the company. Write all of this down, and let your boss know that you feel that not only deserve a raise, you deserve a title to go along with the extended position that you have created for yourself. I think a couple times being caught looking at non-work related items online should not have any affect on this. I think 99% of the people who work in environments where there are computers do this, that is why cyber Monday exists during the holidays, because everyone places their holiday orders online during the holiday season from their work computers.
The worst that can happen is that they say no. You wouldn’t be any worse off than you are now.
Post # 10
@SandyThePoet: I have looked and looked and looked for it every.where and cannot find it! I can’t believe I didn’t stash it in my “safe place” of papers. Grrr.
I work weekends during our busy times a lot (and I offer), and I’m on salary so I definitely have that in my favor! You are so right.. I need to keep it in my head that the worst that would happen is a no, and that’s that. I just need to grow a pair and do it, I’m such a chicken
Post # 11
You should definitely ask for a raise, but if you’re nervous about negotiating a merit-based raise in this economy, perhaps there are other ways to squeeze out some more money. Some company’s offer you a cash bonus if you decline their health coverage, or are willing to increase your pay in exchange for getting off of the health plan. If you have a partner’s health plan you can jump onto, its a pretty easy way to talk them into a few extra thousand – especially since health coverage rates keep going up every year. I would just get it in writing that you can go back and renegotiate in 6 months, a year, or whenever your next open season is (in case something goes wrong with your partner’s job or health coverage). Plus you can keep the money you pay out in premiums from your current paycheck.
Post # 12
Three years and not even a cost of living increase? That’s not ok. I know the economy has been horrific but you deserve an increase, at least a token. Find your original job description, create a new one that lists all the additional things you do and do research on what the market is paying for your current job description. Also bring copies of your performance reviews. Create a list of all the things you’ve done that really stand out – new processes, saving the company money etc that show you are an asset to the organization will back up your case to. Show why you deserve a raise.
Post # 13
Thank you everyone.
So…. I asked for one yesterday!! I thought to myself, why get yourself worked up about it in advance and plan for it? It’s 4:00, just do it today and get it over with. So I did. And it was awkward. (I work for a very, very small company. No such thing as HR or performance reviews, lol).
Then, I get home and my SO (we work for the same company, that’s how we met) informs me a huge part of our network went down in the warehouse last week and it’s going to cost a lot (he thought like 10K or more) to install a new system. The owner just got back from a trip last night, so I know my boss was going to have to bring that up to him (ouch). BAD timing. No wonder my boss was kind of laughing. I wondered wtf was going on. He said he’d get back to me within 3-4 weeks. We’ll see! Even $1K a year raise would be at least something.