By my last question, suppose I've been doing amazing, and it's time to ask for a raise. As someone in the accounting department handling multiple confidential financial reports, I not only see people's current salaries (including those in a higher position than me), but also the company's overall financial statements.
Now obviously it'd be unethical for me to go into a salary negotiation with a "I know what everyone makes, I want to make this much, and here is where I can show the company has the money to pay for it." It's not that I'm not supposed to know this information, but rather how to ignore it during a salary negotiation where it's the main focus. Most declined raises and such are in my experience caused by poor performance, or lack of company money, and I'm not sure how to go about having this conversation with my manager. There is a difference in the conversation when I have the information that $25k is on the table versus having no idea.
How do I approach a conversation about salary with my manager when I know well and handle all of the financial information for the company?
Do I ask for the whole lot, do I ask for a portion? Do I make a judgement decision and say I'll get x% of it? It's a bit more complex than just "gimme a raise!".
Note: I do not handle financial information in a way the CFO does, I handle them in an analytical and reporting capacity.