I would like to be considered for a raise but I'm not sure how that is done.
July 14,2021 at 4:50AM UTC
I'm concerned that if I ask and am turned down, it will negatively impact my presence. I started in my job about 15 years ago as one of about five colleagues doing a particular job (all the same roles) in a dept divided into several teams. The senior folks in each team just "fell" into team leader roles (no money or authority, just job designation and extra duties). I was full time while the others were part time.
After a few years of being an hourly employee and making some overtime (with a limit) each year for special projects, it was determined that I should be exempt. No real explanation. I was the only full time one, so it was said that was the reason. Now we have almost 20 in our roles and several are full time and serve as team leads and all are hourly--making significant overtime in crunch weeks---while I am still exempt. (Yes, I get comp time for anything over 48, but I have no time to use it and dump leave every few months. )
So my justification for asking for a $9K bump in pay is to reduce the pay potential discrepancy as the senior person on our team, capped at 40 hrs a week while others doing the same job, hired in the past two years, pull in up to 60 hrs at time-and-a-half. I receive stellar job reviews and it was reported by my director that as one of more than 15 teammates in my role, I personally handled 20% of our departments thousands and thousands of client contacts last year, on top of my "volunteer" admin duties and projects I was assigned to collaborate with outside departments.
Should I put this in writing? Do I just put in the preliminary monetary request and hold back on any "justification" unless asked? I don't want to appear defensive or self-aggrandizing. How is this normally done? (We don't give merit raises in our company; for the past 15 years, my annual review has simply justified the COLA allocated for employees. Period.) I love my job and don't want to risk it for a $9K raise, but I am the sole supporter of my family and it would be a huge help.
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