I have an employee that went straight to my boss to ask for a raise. This employee never approached me about her wages.
We do reviews annually, and the last review was about 6 months ago, so it really wasn't something I was even thinking about. If she would have, I would have listened to her reasoning and more than likely, given her a raise.
Boss instructed me to give her the raise.
It's not that I am against a raise, I just get a feeling of sneakiness.
a) go ahead and call her in, tell her she is getting a raise, and let her know that her going over me instead of asking me herself was inappropriate?
b) wait for her to get tired of waiting and ask me herself.
Also, this question will probably get asked, but I am a very approachable and understanding manager. I a flexible with work schedules and never berate my employees for any mistakes, but encourage them. I feel pretty confident that I'm not a "scary" boss.