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How to deal with an "I'm not paid enough to do this task" argument?

Well, the solution here is simple. Thank grumpy for his honesty, put him back on regular tasks, and bring in the next guy from the bench. If someone is not interested in a project like this and ...
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Ways to respond when HR says your market salary range research isn't correct?

My response to them saying those numbers are wrong would be to say that that's the reason I'm bringing this to their attention - their idea of the salary range and my idea of the salary range for this ...
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About to give in my notice, but suddenly got a raise. Will it reflect poorly on me if I still decide to leave?

Would it look bad on me if I left so soon after getting a raise? Look bad to whom? Your current employer? If so, I would say yes, after giving you a 15% raise, you leaving shortly after will leave ...
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Salary increases in startups

Keep in mind if you don't offer at least a 2% raise, you're actually paying him less due to inflation. Are they doing less valuable work now than they were 12 months ago? Plus, a programmer early in ...
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Is it polite to ask the company to mention the future raise -which we had discussed in interview -in their written offer?

If it isn't in writing, it doesn't exist. If you don't see it in the written offer, by all means mention it. It is not impolite, it is being diligent and making sure all the terms agreed upon are ...
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Should I request a lower raise to avoid a health-insurance premium raise threshold?

Therefore, if my new salary is between A and (A+$950), should I request (A-$0.01)? Assuming you are able to request raises, it would seem to make a lot more sense to request (A+$1300). You can use ...
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Refusing to give a raise to an employee, while keeping her motivated

As an employee, the only thing worse than not getting a raise you think you deserve is not knowing what you need to do to get that raise. If you have specific areas you would like to see her improve ...
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My manager quit. Should I agree to defer wage increase to accommodate budget concerns?

Never let talk of budget considerations stand in the way of getting ahead. Without you they have no team and they're currently not having to pay a manager who I assume was making more than you. The ...
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How to deal with an "I'm not paid enough to do this task" argument?

This is something that should have been prevented, not dealt with after the fact. I'm sorry but if you (as it seems, without any kind of previous warning) suddenly change the direction of the ...
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About to give in my notice, but suddenly got a raise. Will it reflect poorly on me if I still decide to leave?

This is business, not personal. No one did you any favors. They didn't give you a raise because they liked you. They gave you a raise because they figured that if they didn't you would leave for more ...
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Promotions usually come with raises, right?

When a workplace is getting creative with the money it's a sign that unless you see it as a career company it's best to view it as a stepping stone.
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How to deal with an "I'm not paid enough to do this task" argument?

So, I called the two oldest and most experienced developers I have on my team and presented the project to them. While one of them seemed really interested in it, the other one was a bit... grumpy,...
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Am I right in thinking that my spouse's salary is irrelevant to my own raise?

Your wife's salary should never be point of discussion in your own salary negotiation. For good or bad. It's about you, your part in the success of the company and your compensation for this. Bringing ...
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Can I negotiate a patent idea for a raise, under French law?

Being blunt here: If you'd come to me and say "Hey, I have a great idea that can save us tons of money, but I need to see some cash before I will talk about it", I'd fire you on the spot. This feels ...
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Can I negotiate a patent idea for a raise, under French law?

You get pay raises based on your past performance, not on your potential future performance. You don't know for sure if your idea will achieve a certain outcome. Good performance is not just having ...
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Ways to respond when HR says your market salary range research isn't correct?

I am fairly certain that HR will hear my salary request and tell me my numbers are totally off-base compared to the company's research. What is a productive way to reply to that? Is there a productive ...
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Should I argue for higher salary in exchange for less parental leave?

First, talk to your wife. Whatever you do, if you do anything, you need to be able to act on anything you say. For example, if you ask for more money and you are indeed granted a raise, you have to ...
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How to deal with an "I'm not paid enough to do this task" argument?

Let me play the devil's advocate here: Your company have taken up a work they have absolutely no competences in. This work is in a field that is very much different than most of other fields in ...
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How can I approach my company for advertising a role the same as mine for a much higher salary?

If this job is offered at your own company, you have to decide: Is your own salary too low, is the salary offered too high, or both? And consider this is happening at the worst possible time (April ...
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Is it polite to ask the company to mention the future raise -which we had discussed in interview -in their written offer?

Yes, absolutely. If it's not in writing, you'll have a hard time making a case for it if they "go weird" on you. A reputable company never has an issue with putting a promise in writing. A company ...
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How can I approach my company for advertising a role the same as mine for a much higher salary?

Apply for the other job at your company. Write up your resume and a cover letter, make it clear that you're currently employed with the business in them, then either send it through the internal job ...
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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?

I'd definitely make a point to keep asking for a raise. Your performance and experience are increasing year of over year (at least they should be). Additionally, the more time you spend at a company ...
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Should I ask my manager to hide/not-announce my promotion?

I'm not tone deaf to how many people are losing jobs and having a hard time right now. I don't want to be announced as getting a promotion plus pay raise when others are struggling. There is some ...
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Salary tied a project's success, not to my performance, skill, or responsibilities?

Project based budgeting is common. Look at it from their standpoint (regardless of the reasons it's failing). You've asked them to increase an expense on a project that's already hurting. Companies ...
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Arguing for a raise when I have accumulated tardies/ absence

I just want to elaborate on the other answer. Salary is not a reward for effort. Your boss was willing to pay you $19, until he was sure you were worth $21. If you are punctual, and do an extreme ...
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Intern got a job offer for same salary than a long term team member

Since you say you don't want more salary yourself I'll start by addressing the question at the end of your post. Can I mention anything about the interns pay? Treat your knowledge of your ...
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Promotions usually come with raises, right?

Accept the promotion, the increased responsibility, and the lack of raise. Learn the new job (probably will take 6+ months). Once you're good at it you can look for a new job. Note @Kilisi's ...
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Should I honestly answer during exit interview at company I like (but underpays)

Starting with the obligatory HR IS NOT YOUR FRIEND The exit interview is for the company's benefit, not yours. All you should say on an exit interview is that you enjoyed working for the company, your ...
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