My current company has yearly post-appraisal increments. My performance was rated highly by both my manager and my client (I got a average of 9.5 / 10). But somewhere in the upper management part of the whole process (which is invisible to me), it was reduced to the lowest possible.
This led to my increment being very low (even below inflation). I scheduled a meeting with HR today, but I've been told (by multiple people) that I shouldn't be hopeful as this is standard in the company.
As such I am quite unhappy and feel more offended than anything. I really don't want to change jobs as this one is quite close to my home, but I feel like my self-respect would be lost.
Any suggestions on how to convince management?
Update: I followed up with the HR who redirected me to my RM stating that they have no power over this. My RM then clarified that my pay wasn't increased as there is some sort of normalization taking place. My salary was higher than most at my experience level. The thing to note is that I wasn't made aware of this when I took the offer. Another thing to note is that I came from a really senior position as compared to the others working in my company. An example being that we recently hired a guy with 8 years of experience who was working as my assistant (during his 5th year) while I had about 1 year of experience. Overall, I am better than my experience dictates and I have always shown it in my work.
I am starting to wonder if I joined a company which expect below mediocre work and doesn't have the ability to accommodate me. On a side note, I've started slacking off from work nowadays. I just post work from home and become a ghost. I know this is unethical, but the low rating (hence no bonus) and increment basically are costing me something on the lines of 2 months worth of salary.