I have just come back after one month break from work (this is relevant) and am faced with a bit of a strange situation. This is in the UK.
Whilst I was away there was pay review meetings at work that supposed to take place but didn't. Instead it appears everyone at my grade level (at least in my team) got a fixed amount I know this for a fact. This has caused some concern with the business.
I however upon returning home yesterday and opening my payslip to my surprise have received more than I think anyone else at my team.
Of course this is good news for me but it does put me in an awkward place.
Due to the other concerns I know this is being brought up with the managers and other senior staff within the business, and has disappointed people as they did not get what they wanted.
I will probably be asked by the coworkers what is my thinking on the whole situation as soon as I return.
I see some options for the inevitable questions :
- I pretend I had the same increase as others.
I don't like this as it is a lie and I don't want to be dishonest.
- I say I had more pay increases but don't say how much.
This can cause speculation and possible resentment, and also me being an example such as "Xiao got xxxxxx so why don't I get this also?"
- I don't say anything.
This is also a bad option as I think if I don't say anything it will be obvious that I had more of an increase, as it will definitely be mentioned at meetings etc and people will be interested. If I don't seem annoyed (as the others) then it also be quite obvious that I did not get the same amount.
What is the most professional way to handle this?