Asking for an Overdue
Q: I work
for a large distribution company troubleshooting lost or delayed
shipments. When I started here 16 months ago, I was told that I
would have a performance review and a raise after one year. To date,
my boss hasn’t approached me about either. Frankly, I’m beginning to
resent the delay, as I think I’m doing a good job and deserve the
overdue increase. What should I do?
First, recognize that your career is more important to you than to
anyone else at your company, including your boss. He or she may not
give your performance appraisal the same priority you do. Consider
the possible reasons for the delay:
Your boss doesn’t remember how long
you’ve been on board. While this probably isn’t true, you may
wish to give him or her the benefit of the doubt.
Your boss is uncomfortable rating
your performance and is postponing your review, even if it’s a
good one. This is very common.
High level management says, “Hold
the line. Put off raises as long as you can.” If you aren’t
asking for an appraisal in this situation, you may not get one
Your supervisor has something
unpleasant to discuss with you and is avoiding possible conflict
by postponing your review. When you finally get it, it will
probably contain a nasty surprise.
While all of the above are typical
excuses for postponing your discussion, they’re not good enough to
force you to wait four months beyond the scheduled review date. You
need to ask for your performance appraisal and the raise you
deserve, before your resentment begins to affect your work.
Schedule a specific day and time with
your supervisor. Then think about both your outstanding
accomplishments and stupid mistakes since you joined the concern.
Put yourself in your manager’s shoes and consider how he or she will
evaluate your work. Be prepared both to respond to negative feedback
and point out how your efforts have benefitted the department.
Develop a list of alternative
proposals on how you would like to be compensated for your above
average performance. Be specific in your request. Have a dollar
figure in mind. If more perquisites appeal to you as a part of your
increase, don’t limit your suggestions strictly to a pay hike.
Consider extra vacation time, training opportunities, a new office
computer, etc., as negotiable items.