My boss called me into his office the other day to review a project I had been working on. During our meeting, the company president knocked on the door and asked my boss to step outside to discuss an important matter. While waiting in his office I happened to glance down at my boss's desk and saw my coworker's performance review, which included his new salary. Boy, do I wish I had never looked down! It appears he will be making significantly more money than I currently make, and we have exactly the same job.
I am not due for a performance review for another six months. I doubt I can work next to this person and pretend to still be a happy employee, knowing our compensation is so vastly different. I like where I work and don't really want to look for another job. I would welcome any suggestions you might have about how to handle this uncomfortable situation.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:23 pm ad1c9bdddf
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Although you made a mistake looking at your co-worker's salary, you can not necessarily assume that your co-worker is getting special attention in their current role. There are a lot of factors to consider when determining salary even though you both have the same job. Such factors include experience, education, and overall skills. Furthermore, it's easy to just assume your co-worker is getting preferential treatment by earning more money but you don't have the facts about his/her background experience, education, or abilities to perform the job. Because you really like where you work, I would focus on doing a great job! Better yet, when you do have your performance review, speak with your manager about employee development programs, volunteering in different departments, etc. By doing so, you are showing your willingness to grow in the company and learn new skills. Remember, the more you learn and grow the better you become as a great asset to the organization. As far as salary, try to negotiate only if you feel you are doing a great job and you are exceeding expectations on your review.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:23 pm ad1c9bdddf>