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By Jim Ward

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Trust?

The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway

Recently a friend of mine was promoted to a higher level position with increased responsibilities. Naturally, she expected a salary increase to come with the promotion. After waiting for several weeks for her manager to say something, my friend inquired about the salary adjustment. She was told her salary would be reviewed at year-end when the company’s annual review process took place. Naturally, she was disappointed and immediately called me for advice. This type of situation is very common in the workplace. The reality is that salary adjustments for many organizations are done annually, and must fit within their corporate calendar and pay review cycle. My advise to my friend: continue to contribute at a high level of efficiency and wait until the salary reveiw process to take place. However, make the point with the boss that you expect to be taken care of at the approprioate time and paid consistent with the new postion.┬áThis is the ultimate “trust me” trade but at times is the sensible approach. However, remember the new realitites of corporate loyalty. You, and you alone are responsible for managing your career and its direction, not the company. If the organization does not do the right thing, perhaps its not the place you want to build a long-term career.

Until next time…

Jim

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