If you’re doing a fantastic job, or you’re doing a good job and your pay isn’t up to market rate, it’s time to ask for a raise. Some managers are on top of things like that, and you don’t need to really worry about it, but lots of managers aren’t. If you’re nervous about asking for a raise, over at Inc. I give tips on how to phrase your request and when not to ask. (Knowing when not to ask is actually very important–asking when you totally don’t deserve a raise can hurt your cause.)
To read about it, go here: How to Ask for a Raise When You’re Really Nervous
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Former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers probably thought everyone would agree with her when she snapped a photo of a normal woman showering at the gym. While she claims she only mean to share it with one friend, she shared it with the world.
Now, I don’t believe it was as accidental as she claims, but even if it was, that doesn’t excuse her behavior. Taking surreptitious naked pictures of people is immoral in any case and is illegal in this case. Mathers is getting what comes to her–the gym banned her, her boss fired her, and the police are looking at arresting her.
To read more about it, read this: Why this Playboy Playmate was Fired and Banned from the Gym
Today, over at Comstock’s Magazine I go into detail about how the new Department of Labor regulations are going to affect your business–since this is a California based magazine the focus is on California, but it affects the entire United States. If you are currently an exempt employee earning less than $47,476 a year, you’ll want to read this. If you manage exempt employees who earn less than the threshhold amount, you’ll want to read this. And if you’re just someone who is easily annoyed by increased government regulation, you probably won’t want to read this, because it will make you angry. But you should read it anyway. 🙂
So, hop over to Comstock’s and read Dilemma of the Month: New Overtime Laws
Have you ever thought that benefits can contribute to your company culture? They do. Today, at Making Healthcare Reform Work, I talk about how choosing the right benefits can make a big difference in how your employees view your company.
Defining Company Culture Through Your Benefits Offerings
I’m visiting the US for the first time in two years, so there’s a lot of stuff that strikes me as awesome, that people who live here all the time probably don’t notice. So, today at Inc., I’m documenting some of the things that are happy about America. I figured as the news is all awful, we need something cheery. 5 Great Things About America That You’ve Forgotten.
JP Morgan Chase is raising it’s internal minimum wage from $10.70 per hour to $12.00 per hour. Jamie chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, writes in the New York Times:
A pay increase is the right thing to do. Wages for many Americans have gone nowhere for too long. Many employees who will receive this increase work as bank tellers and customer service representatives. Above all, it enables more people to begin to share in the rewards of economic growth.
It sounds super noble and it is. JP Morgan Chase has every right to pay their employees whatever they want to, as long as it is equal to or above the mandated minimum wage in every state. Chase’s change to increase training and provide opportunities for employees at lower income levels is laudable.
To keep reading, click here: The Minimum Wage in America Must Rise, So Says Giant Company CEOs
Your coworker seems to get special treatment all the time and it drives you crazy. Now, it’s possible that your boss is simply a bad manager who plays favorites (or who is too wimpy to stand up to an employee who doesn’t take her job seriously). However, while some managers totally stink, most are doing the best that they can and have very good reasons for why your coworker gets privileges that you don’t have. Here’s why her life seems to be better than yours:
She negotiated it when she was hired.
Most people know they can negotiate salary, but you can pretty much negotiate anything. Some things are easier to get than others–for instance, getting an extra week of vacation when you’re not an executive is practically impossible in many companies–but go ahead and ask. Things like flexible schedules, however, are becoming more and more common.
To keep reading, click here: Why Your Coworker Gets Special Privileges
An English teacher has a dream of opening an arts school. She knows she needs more education. The question is, should she go for the arts degree with an MFA or the business degree with an MBA?
I have strong opinions, so hop over the Comstock and read it!
To read the answer, click here: Dilemma of the Month: Do I Need an MBA?
I am an exempt employee and my boss has recently started having a co-worker of mine keep track of my hours. We have a soft start time of 7 am – 9 am at the latest. I know if I work 7 hours one day. I will work 9 hours the next day. My boss works remotely and is never in the office so I do not know how or why this was started. Just last week I was recognized for performance and do not understand where this is coming from. I heard from a coworker “so & so” that “boss lady” has you under a microscope and the person you share an office with is tracking your hours for the “boss lady”. I have never been approached by “boss lady” or made aware that there is a problem. I am starting to feel like I did something wrong, but I have no clue what I did.
There is a super simple solution to this: Pick up the phone and call your boss and ask what is going on.
You’ve just heard rumors. Your coworker may or may not be tracking your hours, and if she is, she may or may not be doing it because the boss asked her to.
This is one of those situations where you should ask sooner rather than later. Like, as soon as you get this answer, ask your boss.
Some people can’t stand any sort of flexibility that their coworkers may have. Some people are simply weenies. And some bosses are wimps who will ask someone else to track hours because they don’t want to manage by performance. But, since you were recognized for performance just last week, I suspect this is an over-stepping coworker.
So, pick up the phone and ask your boss directly if she’s asked your coworker to monitor your work.