Re: Salary Creep (Re: A Sticky Situation)

Subject: Re: Salary Creep (Re: A Sticky Situation)
From: Michael Piellusch <mpiel -at- ISI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 08:25:23 -0800

Hello OKwriters,

I'm responding to my own post, as my initial attempt
was rejected due to insufficient electronic postage.


> Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 07:38:23 -0800
> From: Michael Piellusch <mpiel -at- isi -dot- com>
> To: arrants -at- BRIGHTWARE -dot- COM
> Subject: Salary Creep (Re: A Sticky Situation)
> Cc: mpiel -at- isi -dot- com, TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Hi Steve,
> Your advice for Jeannie is sound, but you might add that she
> is not alone. This phenomenon has been with our industry at least
> since the 1970's. It is usually called grade creep or salary creep.
> Many companies try to keep salaries confidential to avoid comparisons,
> and most managers work hard to level and gradate their "playing fields"
> at salary review time.
> Perhaps a more difficult concept, but possibly more important, is
> that many of us have chosen technical publications not for the
> great salaries but for the never-ending challenges and benefits
> of getting paid to be a knowledge worker.
> Also, the new writer might pick up a higher gross or net amount while the
> more seasoned writer collects profit sharing from prior years, better stock
> options, and other longevity benefits. The new writer might be paying off
> student loans, while the veteran is making tax-deductible mortgage payments.
> The bottom line, as you point out, is "don't be confrontational."
> Any salary beats no salary!
> Mike Piellusch
> ----- Begin Included Message -----
> From: Stephen Arrants <arrants -at- BRIGHTWARE -dot- COM>
> Subject: A Sticky Situation
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> A neighbor, Jean, who is also a technical writer, came to me with a
> problem. She one of two writers at a very small hardware company. Her
> manager was the only writer until Jean was hired in October 1996.
> Recently, the company hired another writer, at a salary Jean says is 15%
> above hers. The new writer has six months experience (compared to Jean's
> five years) and has never worked on a complete project (from start to
> ship).
> Jeannie is angry about the siuation and asked me for advice. i'd advised
> her to take the following approach:
> * List out her strengths, successes, and improvements since she started
> in October.
> * List the responsibilities of *her* job.
> * Gather feedback she's already received from folks she's worked with.
> * Tray and gather salary figures from comparable companies in the area
> (there are only one or two of them, though).
> * Present this to her manager and talk about a rise in salary or
> additional benefits (extra time off, telecommuting, etc.).
> I've warned her not to be confrontational, but to be honest with her
> manager as to how she is feeling about this, and what she sees as a
> solution.
> Can you give any other advice?
> thanks,
> steve arrants
> >
> ----- End Included Message -----

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