Wednesday 22 May 2019
Sadly, for many employees there is an inbuilt expectation to receive more money at salary review time, irrespective of their performance. In an ideal world, every high performing employee would receive a pay rise, and then everyone would go out for drinks and celebrate. But sometimes there’s other factors to consider, and the bottom line is, it’s just not possible. Other times, budget constraints aren’t the issue, and the employee simply hasn’t earned it.
Either way, breaking the news of an undeliverable raise is a tough conversation for any manager to have.
It’s important to remember that when you know someone will be disappointed by a decision relating to a raise, the worst thing you can say is nothing.
Remember to always base your decision on facts and handle the situation with compassion. The conversation may be difficult for you, but the information is just as difficult for your employee to hear.
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