Your Company Thinks You’re Overpaid
August 19, 2008
Do you think it’s time for your boss to give you a promotion, pay raise, or bonus check? Are you working like mad and feeling like your company’s not compensating you for your efforts? Join the Club!
Raise Your Hand if You’re Underpaid!
We’ve all probably felt that way at one point or another, an annual performance increase of 2.5% seems like a small reward for all the hard work we’ve put in. Have you ever wondered how in the world your boss comes up with your salary and raises?
How Are Raises Determined?
I’ve been curious about it for over 8 years and I finally got the scoop last week. As a manager I’m required to take certain training courses and one of them is a compensation class. The course covered the legal aspects of compensation in addition to how the company determines the salaries and raises for employees.
What I discovered is that the company has a team of compensation analysts whose job is to determine market prices for each position in the company. Basically, their role is to figure out how much the company needs to pay to be competitive as well as how little they can pay, in order to maximize profitability.
The whole purpose of the course was to inform managers how big an expense salaries are to the company and to convince us to manage them appropriately. What I got out of the course is that while you’re fighting tooth and nail to squeeze a 2% raise out of your boss, there may be a team of compensation analysts somewhere working equally hard to “manage” your salary expenses.
Be Aware of Your Earnings Potential
I’m not saying what the corporation is doing is wrong from a business perspective, their goal as an enterprise is to maximize profits. However, as an employee it is good to know how your salary is determined and what the limitation are on what you can earn and to what extent you you can be rewarded for your efforts.
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