Want a raise? Do the re­search

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - COLLEEN COATES

THE an­swer to the ques­tion of “How much are you worth?” can of­ten elude both em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers. Ask these two groups the same ques­tion and you’ll prob­a­bly re­ceive two very dif­fer­ent an­swers.

The truth is salaries come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re ne­go­ti­at­ing a start­ing salary or look­ing for a raise, you should know how much you’re re­ally worth and un­der­stand how your or­ga­ni­za­tion de­ter­mines the amount you are paid. Your col­league’s pay­cheque may be larger or smaller than yours, re­gard­less of how long you have been work­ing for the or­ga­ni­za­tion or how many bills you have.

Al­though all em­ploy­ees are an im­por­tant part of an or­ga­ni­za­tion, not all po­si­tions and func­tions are cre­ated equal.

While an em­ployee is think­ing about their worth or “value” to their or­ga­ni­za­tion (the skills, knowl­edge, and per­sonal at­tributes they bring to the job), most em­ploy­ers are con­sid­er­ing the worth of the job based on fac­tors such as skills, knowl­edge, ef­fort, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and work­ing con­di­tions.

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