F#$@ You. Pay Me….Or Not.


What?  55% of employees would accept a promotion without a raise?  

The headline on the release essentially read ‘22% of Companies Award Promotions without Raises.’  This is according to recent research from OfficeTeam.   Seems surprising, but what is most surprising about the results is that 55% percent of workers polled said they would be willing to accept a promotion that doesn’t include a raise.  Clearly we need to do a better job of selection because there are none these “what can I do for the company” folks working here. Anyway, are employees that insecure, tepid, economically depressed or have they become loyal, benevolent, and servant focused?

While most HR pros surveyed said their firms rarely or never offer an employee a promotion without a salary increase, a surprising one in five (22 percent) respondents revealed this practice is at least “somewhat common” at their companies.

Yeah, you hit it; the big time.  You’re now the proud squatter of a corner office on ivory row with unparalleled potential for influence, and even a window; but no increase?

The surveys of managers and workers were developed by OfficeTeam,  and were conducted by an independent research firm and include responses from 508 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees and 433 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

HR managers were asked, “How common is it for your company to award promotions without salary increases?” Their responses:

Very common…………………………………………. 3%
Somewhat common…………………………………. 19%
Not common at all…………………………………… 63%
We do not offer promotions without raises…… 14%
Don’t know/no answer…………………………………1%

Workers were asked, “Would you be willing to accept a promotion from your company that didn’t include a raise?” Their responses:

Yes…………………………………………………………. 55%
No………………………………………………………….. 39%
Don’t know/no answer………………………………… 6%

According to OfficeTeam some companies may want to reward employees for taking on heavier workloads but aren’t able to offer immediate raises due to budget constraints.   Further, in those situations, the intent may be to provide a higher salary as soon as the company is more financially stable. “Hmm” says the skeptic.

OfficeTeam identified five incentives workers might be able to negotiate, aside from pay, when offered a promotion including requesting more vacation time, an increases bonus, flexible scheduling, professional development, and perhaps an equity position.

Is the workforce today just so beaten down regarding our general economic condition that 55% of the workforce would just accept a promotion without a raise?

Are employees so concerned over job security that they are willing to accept more responsibility without remuneration?

Perhaps the Millennial employee is not just about “working to live?”   I don’t know the answers to those questions, but it was striking to me that the headline read ‘22% of employers promote without  a raise’ versus ‘55% of workers accept promotion without a raise.’  It’s interesting information to factor in for employee engagement, merit budget planning, recruit/retain purposes though.

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Posted on June 28, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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