These days I seem to be part HR blogger and part Anne Landers providing readers advice and insights into navigating the world at work. I guess it comes with the territory. My business life right now during the holidays consists mostly of hoodie sweatshirts and house slippers so I’m up for the challenge, and hopefully so are you. I received this email question a few weeks ago from a long time reader and experienced HR professional. What kind of advice and suggestions can you provide her?
Help! When’s the Right Time to Leave a Job?
I’m an HR Director for a nonprofit in California. I’ve been here for 8 years, and as far as I can tell my performance has been okay. We acquired a new CEO in May 2010 (although I don’t report to him), and he looked at a number of salaries to see if they were within market. I asked him to look at mine, in August 2010, and he said he would. Of course I informed my boss of my request, she said she would follow up on it.
I received a 3.6% increase in December last year. All the other deptartment heads received raises of 6% or better, some as much as 10%. I’m seriously underpaid, and he knows it. Why I only got a token is a mystery to me…and I’m not about to go to him to ask him, simply for political reasons. My boss had no clue, either.
My regular review date was in April. I have yet to receive any kind of raise, even the standard 3% that we’re giving everyone who meets their job requirements. In the meantime, I’ve asked my boss 3 more times about a raise. I put together a bullet-point list of my accomplishments, goals, and presented that months ago. I’m up to my eyeballs in work…and no one seems to give a rip.
I don’t know what to do. I’ve started to look, but as you know there’s not much out there, at my level. I’ve been hesitant to announce my desire to leave to my general HR sphere, but maybe I should go ahead and do that.
I guess I’m asking, HR pro to HR pro, what would you do? I’m just baffled…and my life is pretty much at a standstill financially until I know if/what I’m getting in the way of a raise in pay.
I, as well as this reader would love to hear your insights, advice, and conversations. Any help/advice you can offer would really be appreciated.
And that leaves me to you blog readers. . . what do you think? Should this person stay or should she go? Is this a common quandary in just HR or are workers re-evaluating their priorities when it comes to work satisfaction as more than just a job? Or maybe even still should this person just suck it up and be thankful they have a job? Looking forward to your answers. As for me, I’ll comment along with everyone else to this loyal reader.
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