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Merit Raise

Published January 22, 2014 2:46 PM by Toni Patt

This week I received confirmation that I would be getting a merit pay raise. It was explained to me that merit raises are based on years of employment and not linked to job performance. Thus everyone who's been there one year gets the same percentage increase. The raise went into effect as of January 1.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the letter telling me how much the raise was and learned I will get a $0.23/hour raise. That isn't even a 1% increase. My insurance premium increase alone is 3% of my salary. That's less than $10/week before taxes. I appreciate the thought.

Am I supposed to be excited about this? Yes, I'm happy I have a job. Yes, I'm happy I got a raise. There are many out there who can't say the same thing. At the same time, I'm insulted. I'll miss the 3% decrease for insurance more than I'll ever notice the increase. If you're going to give someone a raise, give them a raise.

I'm guessing the motivation is to encourage longer-term employment, as in stay with us and you'll eventually get more money. This raise isn't going to affect my employment one way or another. It makes me wonder if this is another trend to cut costs in healthcare. These raises were across the board to all disciplines.

I have friends who get significantly greater increases based on job performance, competency and experience. Healthcare is the only field where those things are a detriment rather than a plus. I can't decide if this is sad or funny.

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Orwell's "new speak" is alive and well at the facility you work within. If it is a merit raise, than it should be linked to performance. Otherwise it is a cost of living increment, which in this case is laughably insufficient.

You have every right to be insulted, and are understandably grateful that you have employment. What a strange time we are working in.

Dean Metz January 22, 2014 3:52 PM

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