For managers talking salary with their employees … and pay may not be what they were hoping for
Successful Salary Talks How To Make EmployeesFeel Good About Their Pay … Even When It’s Below Expectations
Two employees walk into their salary review:
… Steve comes out with a 6% raise and Roger a 3% bump.
From different departments, both employees are slightly above average “B” players who make about the same money.
Fast forward a year …
Roger’s motivation and productivity actually increased after his review. He remains a loyal employee and is likely to have a long, successful career with the company for years to come.
Steve, on the other hand, became so demoralized after his review that he started looking for a new job and subsequently left the company a few months later.
How is that possible?
Money is supposed to drive motivation and retention – and Steve got the bigger raise. You’d think he would be the happier of the two guys, right?
Not quite, let me explain:
Productive vs. Destructive Salary Talks What Makes The Difference?
Simply put, how you present raises (or lack thereof) is just as important as how much you give.
And in most cases, you have only a little sway in the size of salary increases for your staff. Besides individual performance, raises are governed by strict budgets, department performance and company financial health among other factors.
The net effect is not being able to give employees everything they hoped for all the time.
This makes the communication critical.
Back to Steve and Roger …
Steve’s manager communicated the decision to give him a 6% raise by essentially saying:
“Look, I know you were expecting more, but this is all I can give you. There’s not much more I can do. Maybe next year the company will be in a better position to do more.”
There are several key missteps in that short message and it led to Steve going elsewhere – even though he actually received one of the larger raises in the company that year.
Down the hall, Roger’s manager presented his increase in a much different way.
He used a tried and true framework for having salary discussions. The result, Roger trusted his manager and believed in the company enough to stick it out and become an even more valuable contributor – even though he got half the raise that Steve was given.
These scenarios happen all the time.
It’s tough telling people that they’re getting less than they were expecting, and still be able to motivate and retain them effectively.
Do it right, and you’ll have an engaged workforce and well-controlled costs.
Do it wrong, and you end up with an unmotivated workforce, high turnover and higher-than-desired recruiting and onboarding expenses.
Unfortunately, here’s the reality:
We’re Not Very Good At Discussing Pay With Employees
Harvard Business Review reported that 73% of company leaders don’t feel “very confident” in their managers’ ability to effectively communicate with employees about salary issues, according to a recent survey by compensation research firm, PayScale.
When supervisors don’t clearly communicate the key elements of a good salary talk, the employee is left to fill in the gaps with their own imagination.
And we know that can breed some dark, depressing thoughts.
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