A few weeks back I wrote a post about being underpaid. I wrote about how getting just minimal raises (or none at all) in the five years I have been working for my company, despite getting more and more job responsibilities. And as we move into another busy time of year I decided it was time to say something… because dammit, I deserve it. Or at least my mom says so.
Thanks to lots of comments and suggestions from all of you, including Susan, Brandon and others, I made a pitch to my boss and his boss saying how much I felt I was due a raise. And not just a lousy 5% raise. Something real. I wrote up a mini proposal stating my worth in the form of hard facts and data supporting the improvements made in my time here. And believe it or not, most of it wasn’t bullshit! Sure there was some exaggeration but what the hell, they won’t know the difference.
I closed with the big number… 25%. That is the raise I am seeking. That doesn’t seem too outrageous, but considering I am not seeking a promotion or job change at all it may be a little aggressive. If I were to end up with 15% I wouldn’t be overjoyed, but it would be something. I have decided that anything less than 15% and I am most likely dusting off the old resume and starting to look for my next gig. Do male escorts get raises?
(no pun intended)
The conversation I had with my boss was a good one, though he was not ready to make any commitment yet as budgets are still being finalized. Our fiscal year turns over at the end of this month, so come October 1st I should have an idea of where I stand.
The funny thing about all of this… about a week after I wrote that first blog post, and just a couple days before I finally sat down with my boss, my Lady Friend, who is a software developer, texted me one morning from work saying she had just been given a 25% raise. No shit. And she didn’t even have to ask for it. Granted, she was underpaid as well, and deserves every penny of it. And now? She makes more than I do.
And also now? The dog suddenly thinks lesser of me. Either this big raise has to come through for me, or the Lady Friend needs to get a couple more 25% raises so that I can retire to become a House Husba… uhh… no, that’s not it. A House Man Friend?