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Old 10-18-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Worrying about others at work

So I was fed up with my pay at work.It wasent horrible but less than what it was when the prev owners had it.I let them know I had a job offer elsewhere.Well when they found that out I was in a hour long meeting with my boss & my bosses boss.They realized w/o me a lot of things that get done wont get done.Anyway I told them what I wanted as far as how I get paid.I was told my conversation with them doesent leave the room but I got what I wanted & I was the only one who is getting that.Should I be pissed nobody else is getting paid the way they really should? i feel bad for everyone but then again I had to step up to get what I deserve.Doesent feel fair for everyone else Im being treated better.

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Unless you're part of a bargaining unit (union), your pay is a contract between you and your employer only, and what other employees bargain for themselves is of no consequence to you. Above all, do not discuss pay with your co-workers unless you want to work in an environment of resentment towards you, and possibly face termination.

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Should you be pissed? Absolutely not. I am sure your co-workers would appreciate your concern but it is not your responsibility to handle their affairs (I assume).
You took care of you, you never know, maybe others are getting taken care of also that you don't know about.
You stuck your own neck out pretty far and it worked out for you, congrats and be proud of yourself!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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A lot of employers (and employees) are clueless. I've had a few laughs when I left a job because I felt I was getting ripped off. It took 3 people to take my place on one of them, and another company had 2 replacements quit within 2 weeks because it was too hard for them. After that, they divided the workload and hired 2 guys. I work my tail off (and I'm GOOD at what I do), but I like to get paid what I'm worth. I say, good for you! If your co-workers don't have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for themselves, that isn't your concern.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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I don't know you, or what you do, but if you were called into a meeting after announcing you had a better offer, the they value you. Cut the best deal you can for yourself. We're all commodities... Sad to say

I would close the loop with the outfit that made you the offer and let them know, thank them, and keep the lines of communication open..

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #6
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I had a tough week with one of my coworkers because he found out that I make more than him. My boss brought our checks over and left them on the desk and he saw them. He went to the main boss complaining about it because I've been there 18 years and he's been there 20. For a couple of days we did not speak much, other than a couple of tense moments. He had me so mad one day that I had to walk away before I did/said something stupid.
The boss pointed out to him that, although we are working the same position now (Haz Waste), I was at the position 8 years before he decided to apply for it.
Now it's funny because we are back to normal as if nothing happened.
He said he feels better that he got it off his chest.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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First off I would never mention it to anyone.After I got out of the meeting of coarse everyone was asking what happened,I was able to blow the questions off.I still wonder if I should take the other job I was offered.I just worry I will miss out on something the other place has to offer that I might not know of.Its a tough decision.Its just tough going into a new job,the unknown.
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Yup, keep it to yourself. It is up to the others to deal for themselves.

Sad part of it, most people don't get raises because they don't ask or are afraid to ask.

The company very rarely will just give you a raise if you don't say anything.

Keep $$ to yourself when talking to coworkers.
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Same thing happened to me. I finally quit. Boss called 2 months asking if I'd come back because he was wayyyyyyy behind and needed help fast. I got him back on track in a week.
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Yep, discussing your salary with other employees are grounds for instant termination. If you are comfortable, happy and stable in your current job, why leave it for the unknown? Especially now that you are making a much better and comparable salary to the other job. A job is just money, it's the things we do outside the job that we really find pleasure. A job is just a means to that end. Nothing more.

Unless of course the new job involves some high moral or ethical calling for you. Like for instance, if you were a doctor working in a lab, and the new position was as a brain surgeon saving lives.
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Is the new job more challenging mentally? More interesting? Does it require different skills? More chances for increased pay? And most important, does the new place seem to be filled with less jerks and more satisfied workers? These are the things that I base my decision on, but maybe I have adult ADHD. I get bored after I master the skill set needed for a job. I'm not a job-hopper, but I can't stand lousy pay or boredom. At the moment, I work on over a dozen types of equipment and see my boss rarely between reviews. The pay is pretty good, too. I hope to retire from this one. Life is too short. Work where you'll be the happiest.
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Yep, discussing your salary with other employees are grounds for instant termination. If you are comfortable, happy and stable in your current job, why leave it for the unknown? Especially now that you are making a much better and comparable salary to the other job. A job is just money, it's the things we do outside the job that we really find pleasure. A job is just a means to that end. Nothing more.

Unless of course the new job involves some high moral or ethical calling for you. Like for instance, if you were a doctor working in a lab, and the new position was as a brain surgeon saving lives.
I like your way of thinking.this is why I like to ask questions to a bunch of different people.Would it be smart of me to ask for what we discussed in writing? Will asking for that make it look like I dont believe what my bosses boss told me?
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I did that once...

I started out in tech support for a local software company, but had transitioned into system builds, CM, & training while still helping out in tech support within a year. When annual review time came, though, they offered me a pittance; I countered with what I felt was a fair salary (about +30%) & they caved. Did I feel bad for my co-workers who were earning less? Sure. But, I was doing considerably more for my increased pay.

That being said, however, I had already been looking for a better opportunity & when a (MUCH larger) company that I was interviewing for called for a reference a few months later, the owner got pissed & canned me.

I've now been at the other company for nearly 10 years and I'm up to over 3x the salary that the old joint thought I was worth.

The last I checked, the other place had lost most of their staff, moved into a much smaller location, & the owner was involved in numerous law suits. Glad I got out when I did!

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