Hard work does pay off

So yesterday’s post showed how I’ve cost myself some money in the past with how my personality has conflicted (nicest word for it) with previous bosses. Today’s post shows how that by staying true to myself (while still growing as a person) I’ve managed to make money!

Without going into too much detail about where I work, at the annual review they give out, unless you do really horribly, you usually will end up with a small raise.  Not a huge one and the most they give out is 3.5 percent.   Now, I’ve been at this company for a year but only in my position for 6 months so I was really happy when I was told that I would have a review at my starting date for the company and not the starting date for the position.  Extremely nervous but happy—I enjoy getting feedback for my work and also enjoy setting goals for myself.

Now, to give some background on this, a fellow employee who just recently had her review.  We work in the same department; have the same title but different duties.  We also should have the same hours—we are salaried but our boss still expects the 40 hours from us.  He also doesn’t really expect us to work from home or on the weekends unless it’s a true emergency.

She is a mastermind at pawning off her job duties to other people.  I feel sort of bad saying that but I work in the same office and get to hear her doing this.  She is really good at schmoozing other people-including higher-ups.  She also tends to come in 15 to 20 minutes later than she is “supposed” to and loves to take LOOOONG breaks randomly throughout the day.  One of those being her lunch break and she’ll tend to take an hour to two hours for it.  Due to this, she will sometimes not have enough time to get her work done in the 7-4 shift and has to stay until 5.   It’s always funny listening to her complain that she doesn’t have enough time to get her work done.  But I never say anything—I just keep quiet and get my stuff done.

She had her review and complained to my fiancé that the small raise she got was barely enough to be a raise because 2 percent is just so small.  But I know that the previous person who held my position left because she couldn’t get a 3 percent raise (she kind of complained extremely loudly about it) so I figured that was kind of the norm for my department.

Turns out, it’s not and my boss really recognizes hard work.  I received a 3.5 percent raise. (Remember that is the maximum amount allowed by my company for some odd reason) I was also told that I am really the glue that holds my department together.  So all of my hard work has paid off—the long hours, working at home or on the weekends and working through lunches!  I’m pretty happy about this because I was going to try for the 3% if they offered me the 2% one.  So, even though I have cost myself some money in the past, I think I did pretty well for myself this time.


36 Comments on “Hard work does pay off”

  1. addvodka says:

    Wow! Congrats on your raise, friend! That must have felt great, that’s a huge compliment. Your boss must have recognized that your lazy coworker was schmoozing off of others.

    • bogofdebt says:

      I hope so! She still hasn’t been working hard or actually working the 40 hours as far as I can tell so it hasn’t really shocked her into doing anything. Maybe next year! (It’s only discouraging when I sit in the same exact office as her and see what she is “doing”.)

  2. Modest Money says:

    Nice work! I remember you being a bit worried about this review. So I’m glad to hear it went well. It actually sounds like you should be thanking your coworker. It is likely the contrast between the two of you that helped you get the top level raise. If anything, be happy when you see her slacking off because it just makes you look better.

  3. I know those people. Your company is pretty generous to give her anything at all.

    Good job! Every little bit counts! 🙂

  4. What a great surprise! Man, when hard work pays off, it’s AWESOME. It’s nice to know that what you’ve been doing has been noticed and that you’re being compensated for it. GREAT job, dude! 🙂

  5. Congrats on getting your raise for this year!!!

  6. Wow, congratulations. Most people that stay out of the office politics are the ones that shine. You are there to get a job done, follow your job description and set goals to achieve them. That is why the company hired you.

    My SIL has the same problem as she works for the government and there are a couple guys in her dept who ride the bull every day and get away with it because they are union… BS if you ask me. I’ve gotten 2 salary raises this year and am continuing education with extensive training all because of dedication, going above and beyond, setting goals, and staying out of others problems (I simply don’t care).

    I worked hard to get my designation and the last thing I’m going to do is mess it up and become a slacker. If that’s the case I just wasted almost 6 years of education on a career I don’t even like… but I do love my choice.

    I’m sure you are super proud of yourself and continue doing what you are doing. Treat the business as if it were your own.


    • bogofdebt says:

      That’s what I try to do. My bosses know that I have extrmely high standards for myself and really seem to appreciate it. And in this company, you really have to screw up to get fired or not get a small raise. I really am proud of myself!

  7. Matt says:

    Hard work truly does pay off. When you go above and beyond, when you’re a reliable employee that your bosses can count on, they will do anything they can to keep you happy.

  8. Michelle says:

    Congrats on the raise! That is great.

  9. queenlbee says:

    Congratulations! Hard work does indeed pay off, it’s good that you remind everyone through your example 🙂

  10. lkrant says:

    Congratulations, it is always nice to see companies value the hard workers.

  11. Congrats! Have you talked to your boss about getting promoted? If you move up, I imagine you’ll be able to demand more than a 3.5% increase in pay. Plus, you’ll put yourself in a better position to make more money when you leave. If you haven’t had that conversation with your boss already, you should.

    • bogofdebt says:

      Currently, unless I want to move departments, there is no way to get promoted. Yet. He does know I’m interested in moving up within the department and I am actually learning how to do more than just my posiiton.

  12. mochiandmacarons says:

    Congratulations on the raise. Most people never get raises, even cost-of-living ones, so you did well.

    I am a bit annoyed at the fact that your co-worker works LESS than you do, but she STILL got a raise. I think a 0% raise would have been more appropriate, to really emphasize the fact that you go above and beyond and she is less than average.

    • bogofdebt says:

      It is a tad bit annoying but it’s also hard to judge her position right now. I took over for someone who was leaving while her position was just created when she was hired for it. So there is no “well this is what the old person did” comparison.

  13. Awesome job! Doesn’t it feel great that your boss has acknowledged all your hard work? I see you can’t move up in the department yet? Well, keep working hard and maybe the head of another department will see you shine and request you! That’s what happened to Jeff! Very happy for you!

    • bogofdebt says:

      That’s acutally how I ended up in this current position–my current boss noticed how hard I worked and wanted me on his team. Thank you 🙂

  14. belowhermeans says:

    I’m confused as to why she complained to your fiance – does she know him?

  15. Congrats! Sound like you deserved it! I hopefully you’ll continue getting good raises because your hard work definitely deserves it it sounds.

  16. It’s so nice when your hard work is recognized, even if you aren’t great at shameless self promotion. Way to go on the nice raise!

  17. […] Hard work does pay off on Bof of Debt […]

    • That’s great! It’s nice to see because so many times those kinds of people are unfairly rewarded just because they are noticed more for their shmoozy personalities. When good honest workers get overlooked. I hope to someday have a job where I get the opportunity for a raise again…

      • bogofdebt says:

        I have nothing but faith that you will. And yes, I really dislike when good workers get overlooked because the schmoozers “outshine” them

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