The Problem after a Raise

I spoke to a junior employee today. He was upset with his latest pay raise. It was smaller than he wanted and, as a result, he stopped putting in extra effort at work. No more going above and beyond, staying late, or trying hard.
So I said to him, “Were you upset like this before your raise?”
“No.” he replied.
“So, you worked hard. We increased your salary and now you are upset. Would you like us to take back the raise because I’d like to have the old employee back and it seems like paying you more has caused some problems?” I asked him.
He looked at me as my words sunk in. Then he turned and quietly went back to work.
Looking at his timesheet today I see he put in a 12 hour day.
Made me smile.

2 thoughts on “The Problem after a Raise

  1. That’s shitty behavior for a boss. He has every reason to stop working long hours if he feels the reward is not commiserate with the effort he made.
    A good boss would address the concerns, not jokingly threaten to decrease his wages if he doesn’t work more.

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    1. Thanks for the comment William. I re-read my original post and realized that I left out the middle part where I listened to, explained, counseled, and empathized with this person for about an hour. What I found was that after about 40 minutes, the conversation became cyclical and the topics from the beginning began to resurface. That was when I said what I said. Thanks for calling me out on this. I agree…a supervisor that just said this to me would not be my supervisor for very long.

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