I keep my LinkedIn (professional social media platform; sort of like a glorified online resume/CV) and my CV current every month (just a minor change if needed, make sure I didn't miss any typos), just in case I ever find myself out of work (paranoid about being laid off due to surviving 8+ rounds of layoffs at various companies over the past 10 years). I've been pressing for a promotion at work because I've been working a couple levels higher than my pay grade (i.e. doing the work of much more senior engineers), and even do a fair bit of management and planning work for my boss (claims to be extremely busy these days, but he seems burnt out, and often borderline drunk/slurring during Zoom meetings).
I got an e-mail last Friday indicating that I just earned two significant promotions. Normally these would each equate to a 10% - 15% pay raise (a 21% - 32% raise overall). When I finally get to do my annual checkin with my boss, I'm told it will just be a 5% raise "due to COVID" (our company is doing great, and is an essential service; I don't believe him). I raise my concerns, they are dismissed as me "not knowing a good thing when it crosses my desk", and my boss "lets me off easy" by giving my the 5% raise and not escalating the issue any further. After work, I polish up my LinkedIn profile to show all the awards I've received the past 2 years, make it very obvious I received multiple promotions in "one shot", and update my job titles, experience, technologies I've worked with or mastered, etc. Because I changed job titles, it triggers LinkedIn to announce my "new job" to all of my contacts/friends.
I'm called into my boss's office Monday morning, and get chewed out for "exaggerating my skills" and "disclosing new/strategic technology and initiatives" (giving competitors a hint about what direction our company is taking by highlighting new/important tech we're researching for use in products). I respond with:
If that info is wrong, please e-mail me a list of the "exaggerated" items, and I'll consider modifying the entries. As far as I see, that's an appropriate summary of my skills and responsibilities. Also, I'm just listing technologies I learned in my spare time to be good at my job (TerraForm, Kubernetes, AWS), for which the company wouldn't pay for my training, but required the skills. Those stay up! Also, why does it matter what my CV says? I don't plan to leave any time soon: is the company worries a competitor will make me an offer or something?
My boss warned me again (at another meeting 2 hours later) to take it down, so I recorded the meeting (not uncommon), and asked if he could please e-mail me specifics, or if I should just go on his "advice" in the meeting recording? Now he's being quite rude in his meetings with me, and keeps trying to call me to remind me I should take down the "offending content", but won't put anything in writing.
What should I do at this point? Do I bring in HR, or is it likely they just fire me because it's less paperwork?
Admittedly I WOULD like to take a new job offer, but I earn a fair bit more than what most companies offer in my locale (especially during a pandemic). Canada has notoriously low tech sector wages unless you're working for a large US-based company like Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.; and even then, you still need to work your way up the ranks before you can get a "real wage" (i.e. afford to buy somewhere to live rather than renting for the rest of your life).
ALSO, every "pay raise" I've earned has been a new job offer I receive via LinkedIn to work with another company, so it's VERY important to me that I keep it accurate and current.
- Keep my personal life personal (employer has no right to demand changes to social media profile if it's ethical, non-abusive, etc.).
- Keep my current job (though, my severance agreement is great, so if they try and dismiss me for a BS reason, it's easy to bleed them at least 18 months of pay).
- Keep my LinkedIn profile current (has helped me make a lot of $$$, connections, etc.).