More Thanh Words

"My name is Thanh and I'm a Blogger". Now that I have admitted to that, I can say that I'm a stereotypical "geeky" Engineer who enjoys sci-fi books and movies and into all things technological. I also love music and have a passion for FOOD. I'm a social person and like to talk to people. I hate people who are fake or overly aggressive. If you're also into some serious discussion, with a pinch of sarcasm and a dash of real emotion, then please read on.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Results Are In

Well the results of the work performance reviews are in and as usual, my hopeful anticipation was crushed once again. What did I really expect to happen? Well I was hoping for an increase in pay that would be "reflective of industry levels". This was the promise when the new human resources director specialising in pay was recently appointed. And after months and months of industry research, what should be the results, the same as every other year. Most people got the inflation percentage increase, and some got 1% or 2% more.

I was one of the "fortunate" few who got 2% more than inflation, as a few people kept jokingly reminding me. Well I aint happy about it at all. I truly believed that I am being underpaid as opposed to industry standards. I think it's time to start assessing other options should my request for a pay rise not result in any actions.

It's a sad situation that companies think they should pay you just enough to keep you in a job rather than rewward you for staying in a job. This type of culture does not reward the loyal who do a great job each year, but instead encourages people to jump from job to job. People who are not loyal and skip jobs every year are actually rewarded with higher and higher salary. Why can't you do a better job each year in your current position. You may do the same job, but you can do it more competently and contribute a lot to the company. If say you do your job to a 9/10 level each year, does this mean that you don't deserve a pay rise?


Blogger Jonno said...

It is demoralizing when the rises come in...Keep the head up though Thanh. It may be time to look elsewhere...

8/13/2007 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Stop being so complacent

and besides any rise is a good rise considering you moral lack of hygiene

8/14/2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger The Oriental Express said...

I agree. When I left the legal firm I was working in, my boss' fahter reminded the son that a good worker is worth ten lousy workers! He believed that bosses should never stinge when it comes to rewarding good workers!

8/14/2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

Jonno, it was very demoralising. I'm definitely going to start looking elsewhere and keep my options open.

Anonymous, I'm not going to be complacent anymore. I have very good bodily hygiene, just a bit messy with the room. There is a difference between being messy and dirty.

Choo, I couldn't agree with you more. My manager also said as much. He said that if the company is going to risk losing me over a few thousand dollars, then they are making a mistake.

8/14/2007 8:03 PM  

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