Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: My husband, who's an architect, has just been told he's going to be made redundant. We have two children and I work as a senior manager in a pharma company. I'm worried about our financial situation, especially as my other half is very pessimistic about finding another job anytime soon. My appraisal isn't due for another nine months but do you think it would be unprofessional for me to ask for a pay rise? I can't see any other way we can cover all our outgoings.

A: It's seldom a good idea to ask for a pay rise on the grounds of personal need, and not just because it's 'unprofessional'. However sympathetic an employer may be, it raises that worrying prospect 'setting a precedent'. Company managements and HR departments do their best to see that salary decisions are reasonably fair. Agreeing a pay rise for one individual because her husband has been made redundant raises all sorts of issues they'd rather not have to confront. And you can see their point.

For obvious reasons, however, negotiating a starting salary is different. It's fully accepted that, when applying for a job, people's financial circumstances will be a major influence on their target salary levels. …

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