Ok, so I totally scheduled a post for yesterday, but for some reason my dashboard is telling me “Missed Deadline”. So you’ll get two posts for the price of one today, dear reader. And considering that the price is free, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me. The post following this one was actually written about 24 hours ago.
Tomorrow (today) is my last day at work for the year. And I think it should be a relatively short day, too. There’s not a whole lot going on at the office right now. I sent out my “Happy Holidays” e-cards to my Outlook contacts (well, most of them), and received a ton of “out of office” replies. Note to self: maybe it would be a good idea to do one of those for me for next week. Before I leave, though, I have to put together a proposal for one of our Taiwanese clients (actually, maybe two) and have my sit-down review with my boss.
I’m pretty sure I know how the review’s going to go, and I’m relatively pessimistic about it. My boss will tell me that I’m one of the hardest workers in the office and that I really crank out the work-product, but he’d really like to see me at my desk at 8:30 every day. Then he’ll give me a cost-of-living increase in salary and rationalize for a bit about why my bonus isn’t bigger.
My plan for the last several months has been to be uber-prepared for this conversation and kind of go on the offensive and ask for a bigger raise. I’ve talked to several people who have spent time in the corporate environment, asking them for advice on how I should go about having the “gimme a raise” discussion. I’ve got a good idea of how much more money I’m looking to make (and how much I should ask for), and some good notes about how to do this. But as I approach the actual event, I’m not so sure that this is the best time to do so. Call it fear or rationalization or whatever, but my plan right now isn’t to get all psyched up for a salary-grappling match with my boss. I’m on vacation next week and I don’t want to spend the whole time thinking about what I could have said that might have made a difference. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s anything I can say during my review that will increase my salary beyond what my boss already has in mind.
So I’m going to stay relaxed and see what happens. There’s a slim chance (I’m talking hundredths of a percent here) that my boss will blow me away with how much money he wants to pay me in 2010, but I doubt it. I’m really not making as much money as I’d like to be making, nor am I making as much as I think I’m worth. But I like my job and I’m making enough money to pay the bills. With the copywriting gig on the side, I’m living in relative comfort (at least, as much as a $100k student loan yoke can allow one to be comfortable). But wtf, I’m 33 years old and have been working hard since I was like 8. I like working hard; even if I found an “easy” job for about the same amount of money, I’d want to work hard. And I like the people with whom I work. I like my work environment and my prospects for the future at this firm if I continue to work hard.
If my raise/bonus are what I expect (or less), then I’ll ask my boss for an appointment after the first of the year to discuss my salary. I don’t think there’s any need to be pushy during the review session. We can set a date and both be prepared for a negotiation at another time. I know that review time is kind of a stressful one for my boss, and that some of my co-workers can be pushy about this stuff. Again, I’m going to continue to stay relaxed and enjoy the ride.
Fuck it, I’m hiking all next week anyway. That’s what I’m looking forward to right now.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk about my views on the upcoming Chinese New Year – reflections on the year of the Ox and projections/anticipations for the year of the Tiger. For now, though, I’m heading off to bed.
Peace out, dear reader. I know it’s still early, but please accept my warmest wishes for you and your family during this holiday season and for a healthy and prosperous 2010.