Re: Problems with hiring, Equity

Subject: Re: Problems with hiring, Equity
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 08:13:19 -0600

I've been following this thread as an interested outsider since I work
for the state, where salary ranges are fixed, anyone with the same job
title is in the same salary range, your salary level within the range is
based solely on years of experience, and all salaries are a matter of
public record.

Anyway, hypothetically, if I were the Mystery Writer, this is what I'd

(1) Do NOT keep track of how many mistakes the newbie makes. There is no
possible way this will make you look good, and the joy of simply making
the newbie look bad is not going to help your cause. I like the idea
someone had of keeping track of training time -- turn it into a

(2) Do NOT go to management and say "the newbie makes more than I do,
this isn't fair, I want a raise!" Again, there is no possible way this
will make you look good, and in some cases admitting that you have this
information could get you in trouble.

(3) DO consider the information you have when negotiating your next
raise (and do NOT wait for management to bring it up). You know how much
the company is willing to pay for a new writer; how much might they be
willing to pay to keep an experienced writer? You can say "I think I'm
worth $..." without saying "...because I know you pay the newbie $$."
Balance the newbie's higher salary against your benefits, of course.

Purely hypothecial thoughts from a complacent state employee...

Tracy Boyington mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Dept. of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, OK, USA

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