long until my next raise?
My annual performance
evaluation was conducted in February. My position was newly created,
and no salary survey was conducted. I moved into this position from
an unrelated one within the same company. I've surpassed all of
the job duties in my job description, and have often been recognized
for my excellence. I received a 10 percent bonus at my evaluation,
which I expected. The median raise throughout the company was 7
Since then, I've taken
on more responsibilities, worked extra hours at home (without charging
overtime) and discovered that a male counterpart (performing at
half of my rate) is making $8,000 more than I am. I've researched
my position and discovered that I am earning at least that much
less than the median. I am putting together a pamphlet, describing
what I've accomplished and will include printouts of my salary survey
results. How long shall I wait to present this to my employer? It's
been four months since my last rate increase.
Before we can
address the disparity in pay, we need to clarify two things.
First, did you receive
a performance plan? A performance plan spells out the objectives
and expectations of the job. You may be doing an excellent job,
but you may have been expected to do an excellent job. The
job description only tells you what tasks you have to do. It doesn't
measure whether you do them well, nor does it spell out the criteria
and the rewards for meeting expectations.
Since you got a bonus,
chances are that, informally or formally, some expectation was noted
somewhere. Ask the human resources department about it. Discuss
the overall objectives and expectations of the position with your
manager. Your manager needs to know you are aware of the expectations
and have the resources to achieve them. It is unfair for a manager
to set expectations and not communicate them to you.
The second point
to clarify pertains to your coworker. His compensation is based
on the skills and experience he brings to the job, and on his performance,
which may or may not be related to the number of hours he works.
But if the company
is underpaying you, it has nothing to do with whether they're overpaying
a coworker. It has to do with your skills, your competency, and
your performance. If you are underpaid, my advice is to spend your
energy working on ways to adjust your own pay, either inside or
outside the company.
Now, should you wait
until August? If you weren't given a performance plan at the time
you started the position, it doesn't matter when your next performance
review is. You need to understand the objectives regardless. Meet
with your manager as soon as you can.
Erisa Ojimba, Certified Compensation Professional