Is a raise supposed to raise lowered expections?|
Well, my manager told me I'm getting a raise starting in October. An extra $2000 per year. That's cool. More $ in my wallet. The raise was completely unexpected... which some might consider a pleasant surprise... However, the more I thought about it, the less excited I was about it. Sure, money is money... But I can't help but think...why was the raise unexpected in the first place? I'd worked there almost a year, and I've done a pretty darn good job, fairly well-respected in my group... shouldn't I expect a raise? The fact that I was completely taken by surprised by the raise is somewhat troubling... is that what corporate America does to corporate tools like me? -- Lower expectations so much that a small raise is supposed to boost morale? Shoot, some of my coworkers haven't gotten raises or promotions for 3 years...
Well, I guess I am a corporate tool after all -- the raise worked... for now... I do feel like Management does appreciate the work I've done, and that gives me a tinge of extra motivation... I just hope I'm not still surprised next time I get a raise (and hopefully it won't take 3 years for that to happen).
Work is all right, but it still feels too much like... work.
Fight on, my brothas and sistas.