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    Default WWYD - work wuestion

    I'm here undercover as I don't want this question to be linked back to my regular profile.

    I have worked for my employer for quite a while and really enjoy it, I love almost everything about my job and the company. I Came into the company as a junior and now am well respected and have had many opportunities to learn. My knowledge is highly valued in my company.

    The last year for the company and industry have been really tough and as a result, there is now a hiring and salary freeze until further notice. I have been spoken to about a promotion and payrise before this all happened which I have been hanging for for a long time. It now isn't looking like it's going to happen for at least the next 6 months but more likely 12 months.

    Would you:
    A) stay and ride out the tough times in case your loyalty is rewarded
    B) stay but let your manager know that you're disappointed that it won't be considered to try to put a fire up them
    C) start looking for a job elsewhere which will give you the development and salary you deserve

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    A. You say you love the job and the company and they treat you well. I wouldn't say anything to your manager as while you probably do deserve a payrise you also say the industry is taking a dip. Therefore there simply may not be the $$ and is out of your senior's hands. Doing B may make you look like you are guilting them or sulking over something that they can't help.

    If the promotion is no where in sight in 12 months then go to C.

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    Definitely A.

    You are happy at your current job, and this is so important.

    There is every chance you could find another job that pays more, but there is no guarantee you'll like that job as much as your current one. Some places are downright miserable to work at (been there, done that!).

    If you still haven't received the pay rise you feel you deserve in 12 months time, perhaps review your options again then.

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    My experience with these "freezes" can mean externally and if a position becomes available then there's internal promotion

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    A mix of A and B. Explain that you're disappointed but understand that times are tough and look forward to a promotion and pay rise when things pick up. I know many people in the oil/gas/mining field (myself included) and a pay freeze, while not good, isn't that bad compared to all of the redundancies and pay decreases that are happening (I took at 40% pay cut last year to keep my job, but at least I have one unlike so many others I know).

    If your role / skills are not specific to the industry that has taken a hit then it might be a good time to look at other areas to move into and Option C might not be a bad idea. Company loyalty is all well and good but if the company isn't making money that isn't going to help your career.

    Best of luck with whatever you decide!

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    A. It can be hard to find a workplace that you really love. I'd rather love where I work and be happy every day, for less pay, than get more pay but not be as happy. You spend so much of your life at work, so being happy there is really important.

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    A) with a watered down dash of B)

    No point putting a firecracker up your workplace unless you are 100% sure you would be able to get a job elsewhere in the industry (is the freeze industry wife?)

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    Thanks for your responses. I was saying to DH tonight that I've stuck by the company through tough times before but unfortunately they're then not great at rewarding their hardest workers when times are good. So I guess I'm a bit jaded by that. My immediate manager would go to the end of the earth to get me a payrise but unfortunately the culture of the overall company isn't necessarily to financially reward the good staff.

    The type of work I do is done in most companies, so I could get a job outside of my industry (and I wouldn't stay in this industry - I love it but wouldn't work for a competitor because my company is the biggest and best in our industry so if we're suffering, the others would be doing worse. Plus I would still feel loyal to my current employer and wouldn't want to be competing with them).

    Thank you for all of your advice :-)


 

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