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When I started my part-time job, the owner told me that I'd start out at $x.xx per hour, and then after a 60- or 90-day period (I forgot which) if it was going well, I'd get bumped up, usually by $0.50.<br><br>
It's been a little over 3 months now, and I'd like to initiate this conversation with the owner. I've been getting positive feedback from the managers, including being handed a Caribou (coffee) giftcard for "going the extra mile" around here, so I know I'm doing well.<br><br>
I need help with the actual words to say, without coming across as demanding. <i>"Hello, I've been here 90 days and I understand that my work has been satisfactory. I'd like a raise."</i> Um, that sounds kind of rough, no?<br><br>
Can anyone write me a script? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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S-girl.. I have several hourly employees. I would suggest saying "I wanted to talk to you about the salary increase that we discussed would be implemented after my first 90 days with the company. I've been here 3 months now so I wanted to discuss that and anything about my performance that you want to discuss."<br><br>
Word to wise: do not do this as your boss is trying to leave for the day (ie./ 4:58pm), or worse yet, as your boss is walking out the door with her/her running attire on, clearly heading out to run before going home to the family <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">....
 

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Please- where are your priorities? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Ha, yes, point taken. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I would just bring it up. Chances are it's slipped the owner's mind and he'll give it to you when it gets put back on his mind. Most hourly jobs I've worked at have been this way for me-- especially if the raise is standard. I don't think your wording has to be particular, as long as it's better than, "Yo, chump, where's my cash?" <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I hadn't even thought of the threat tactic! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Best thing would be to have another job lined up.. then you can say you want more money or else..<br>
Don't play the card unless you do have the job lined up, or can afford to not have a job.<br><br>
Otherwise, just talk with him about the original conversation and if there is any problems with the work that you do.. then say where the fuck is the money you promised me??<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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How about something simple like:<br><br>
Hi boss. I wanted to follow-up with you on a conversation we had when I first was hired for this job. You said after X days, I would receive a salary increase. It has been X days, so what needs to happen to implement the increase?
 

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If you were promised the raise when you started then it is a condition of employment and you are entitled to it according to the terms that were negotiated. In that case you simply need to initiate the conversation. Here's a sample....<br><br>
You - "So I've been here for over 3 months now and I really enjoy it. The people are great, the work is fine....I just wanted to know how you think I'm doing?"<br><br>
Boss - "Great! Everyone likes you. You seem interested in what you're doing and you give that little extra, all the time!"<br><br>
You - "Well that's really nice to hear! I appreciate the complement. By the way.....do you recall when I started you said I would be receiving an increase in 90 days? I was wondering when you plan to to approve it?"<br><br>
Good luck with the discussion!
 

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Not to get an unnecessary debate going, but I think this tactic is all wrong. If one of my employees did it this way to me, I would be annoyed because it comes across that they were fishing for compliments only to turn it around on me for the money. Sort of a 'gotcha!' kind of maneuver. Most employers are hip to the idea that no matter how hard-working or dedicated an employee is, their foremost concern is generally adequate compensation. I think the response above comes across unnecessarily obsequious.<br><br>
Second, unless your boss is a moron, a salary increase after 90 days is rarely a 'condition of employment' that could be contractually enforced, particularly with hourly employees. More likely what occurred is that there was some 90 day test period, after which the subject of a salary increase would be discussed (as would other performance related issues, including being terminated).<br><br>
I would be straight-forward as I originally set out above.
 

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Well, it might give you the raise, it doesn't give you good standing at the job -- bosses don't typically like employees who are hanging there by the wind
 

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Yeah, I couldn't find a job for more money in the first place - that's why I took this one!! But I love it and am not quitting anyway.<br><br>
I like Lelly's approach.<br><br>
Also, the owner is a she, FWIW. And the raise wasn't in the job offer, of course. It was discussed when I asked about any process of employee evaluation and feedback that the place might have.
 

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I think Lelly's approach is brilliant. Now what are you going to do with all that extra dough? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 
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