My boss told me I was getting a promotion at the start of this last pay period. My paycheck did not reflect this. When I reached out to him he said he "forgot" to promote me. He says I will be compensated for it on my next paycheck. Should I reach out to his boss to ensure that this happens?

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    I would clarify with your boss that "compensated for it on my next paycheck" includes the previous month's extra compensation that he forgot.
    – Chris G
    Mar 16, 2017 at 16:08
  • Sometimes a check is a pay period behind due to payroll processing time. Did you check to be sure the check you are looking for is actually for the pay period you think it is? Otherwise I would have no reason to doubt his word, mistakes happen. If you want to be sure, check with someone in your payroll/HR department.
    – bluegreen
    Mar 16, 2017 at 16:21

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Only if you think your boss was deliberately lying to you. It doesn't sound that way to me, so I'd leave it another month, and see what happens.

  • I agree, part of any job is to make your boss look good to their boss. Give your boss a chance to fix this and see what happens. Being too quick to escalate and making your boss look bad might make you feel better in the short run, but in the long run it could very well be career limiting.
    – Ukko
    Mar 16, 2017 at 16:46

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Wait and see

Your manager messed up. He admitted it, and promised to correct his mistake. If you give him the chance to correct his mistake, it will show that you trust him, and strengthen your relationship.

If, at this stage, you harass him about his mistake, it will strain your relationship. If go over his head and involve his superior, it will strain that relationship even further. The more your relationship is strained, the more your boss has reason to doubt himself about deciding to promote you in the first place.

Only act if the boss doesn't deliver

Even if you don't see that promotion next paycheck, don't involve your boss's boss. He doesn't know that your boss promised you a promotion. Speak only to your own boss, and make it clear that you expect him to do what he has promised.

  • I agree, I think it would be worth adding though that if it comes to that point where it doesn't happen this month Ollie make sure they have it in writing as well.
    – Tim B
    Mar 16, 2017 at 17:28

Write an email, with a request for receipt if possible. This proves you did your due diligence in asking, and provides him with a reminder come next pay period. That said, I would personally wait until next pay period to come and see if he did as asked. Give a chance for him to make good unless you have a legitimate reason to be concerned that he is lying to you.

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