you are replaceable. remember that when you consider your “power play”.[/quote]
“Raise or quit” is the worst move ever. Even if you do get your raise, the real problem is the amount of resentment you will incur should you get your raise - both from your new boss who has cut your pay as well as the multitude of underlings who also received pay cuts.[/quote]
Everyone is replaceable, however, not everyone is easily replaced. It’s becoming more and more apparent that even though there is high unemployment, there is truly a lack of qualified talent in some industries. I work in a city of 33,000 that has a huge unemployment problem, yet we are always looking for qualified people.
It hardly matters how important this person is - an employee who delivers ultimatums is unemployable.
Even if the OPs new boss does cave in, she will resent him for it for the rest of his time at the company and do everything she can to piss him off and undermine his authority. Overt power plays do not end well for the aggressor.
No one is too important. I don’t care how specialized you are or even if you are one of the greatest inventors of your time. See: Tesla & Edison[/quote]
Context much? I didn’t say he should give an ultimatum, just that not everyone is easily replaced. My advice was to move on.
And you can NEGOTIATE without it being an ultimatum. In my current job I was promised a review and probable raise after six months. A year came and went with no review. I asked to meet with the owner, and the conversation went something like “I like working here, but I was promised this, this and this. If something doesn’t happen I will be forced to look for something else”.
I already had something else lined up in case he told me to hit the bricks. A lot of employers will get away with what they can. That was 12 years ago BTW.[/quote]
My previous employer owns a small business in production and I pretty much became the bitch there. When we started looking around it turns out he was underpaying us all by about 30%.
Late last year I complained, brought forward my case about how much I’ve added to the company and that I’m not happy with the promises of ‘substantial increases’ when they were nothing even close. I was doing the job of 4 people, which I wouldn’t mind if I was being paid for it.
I was told that because of the recession the company was struggling and he’d like to give me more, but he can’t afford it. Then he went and bought a 2nd house.
So, I’d already had a business on the side, unrelated to that one. From 3 employees last year he lost one in September 2010, and me my co-worker (now business partner) left by May this year.
Now he’s a one man band and I’m slowly working through taking away every single client he has.
Quitting and working for my self, so far, has been the best thing I’ve ever done, it’s a shame it took that for him to realize what he’s actually lost - if he’s realized anything at all.
I would definitely line up another job and move on, I think once you get to where you are you may end up despising your job if things continue they way they are.