Friday, February 18, 2011

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

"Don't bring it up, at least not now", I advised a friend who thought he was being grossly underpaid. He was upset because others less experienced than him were earning more, and refused to see reason when I told him that he was getting more than he would in any other organization.

He demanded a rise. Pretended he had a competing job-offer, and threatened to quit if that fictitious salary was not met. The organization was looking for an excuse to fire him, so told him to take up the other offer.

Why couldn't he have let sleeping dogs lie?

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Live and learn, I guess. Hard lesson though.

Anonymous said...

A hard lesson indeed. Love the photo.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - That is a wonderful 'photo! And it's so important, isn't it, to know when to keep one's mouth shut, however tempting it may be not to... I wish he'd listened to you...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's called shooting yourself in the foot!

Theres just life said...

He should have sent more time looking into his job than into others paychecks.
Maybe he would have recognized the signs not to ask.
Pamela Jo

Oddyoddyo13 said...

*sigh* With the state things are in, a job is definitely a must. Good luck to your friend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rayna, I've just been reading your 'Running drabbles'. I've started power walking. It half kills me to run, everything flops...walking is so much better! :o) But I guess I should push myself more.

slommler said...

Boy! He should have for sure. Poor guy! Now he will have a tough time replacing his job! Sigh! And he thought he was being so smart.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Debra- absolutely. I wish he had listened, because I suspected it would happen just the way it did.

@ Fiona - thank you. I adore that photograph too. Though that dog is nowhere near as photogenic as Oscar.

@ Margot- thank you. The photograph is rather apt, isn't it?
And I suspected this would happen, but will he listen? Never.

@ Alex- quite. Why he couldn't listen, I don't know.

@ Pamela Jo - absolutely. He was not justifying his paycheck, and even if he felt he was not the only one, that doesn't mean he could demand more.

@ Oddyoddyo13- precisely. And for him, with his qualifications, it is going to be really hard to get another one.

@ Niki- I am glad you have started power walking. Power walking to running is only a journey of a few weeks, if you want to take the journey, that is.

@ SueAnn- absolutely. The worst possible time in which to look for a new job.


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