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The team got some monetary award for a project we worked on. The boss has been throwing comments in private conversations about how he is disappointed with the amount of the award. He claims he had recommended more.
I cannot help but think that the boss is setting the stage for appraisal time. Keeps on reminding that last year it was this much. Blames higher management for not recognizing the hard work.
I am unsure about - If he's sincere about what he is saying. Feel he is setting low expectations. Last year as well it was the same story - blame the higher management for "no budget" at appraisal time.
How do I even get my point (that I deserve it as I worked hard to deliver projects on time which included working late and on weekends) across if he is going to stonewall it with "the higher management blah blah" each time? It is so frustrating to listen to it every single year. I feel like asking him "give me an year when budget will not be a constraint cause at the moment it looks like a mirage" but I guess it will be rude.
P.S - Unfortunately for me, switching the employer is not an option.