Why do they always ask for a raise?

Why do they always ask for a raise?

Yes perhaps they ask because they could use more funds to make ends meet.

And yes, perhaps they ask because they’ve learned a new skill and are contributing now more than ever.

And yes, perhaps they ask because someone left (or was let go) and they’re doing the job of two.

But more often than not, they’re asking because they want you to make it worth it.

Worth it?

  • Worth it to put up with the insane inefficiencies and lack of communication.
  • Worth it to put up with the rude comment said by a supervisor.
  • Worth it to put up with the crazy co-worker who everyone knows should have been fired a loooong time ago.
  • Worth it to put up with irate customers to whom company promises have been broken.
  • Worth it to put up with missing their daughter’s soccer game.
  • Worth it to not be a part of something meaningful.
  • Worth it to put up with feeling dispensable.

And at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how much you pay – it won’t be worth it.  It won’t be enough.  And it will become obvious as you watch one of your most valuable employees walk out the door even after you gave them the raise they asked for.

Be a workplace that’s worth working for.  That’s worth a life’s work.

About the Author:

Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research Boesch conducted with the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. She is also the author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Under her leadership Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover.
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