Join Bobby on The Hard Shoulder every Tuesday, with thanks to Energia
Each week broadcaster, entrepreneur and agony uncle Bobby Kerr joins The Hard Shoulder to answer all your employment-related questions.
The gender pay gap at companies around the world is rarely out of the news at the moment and this week, Bobby looked to organizational psychologist Dana Zelicha for some inspiration on how - and when - to go about securing that pay rise.
Ms Zelicha works with global companies, empowering female entrepreneurs and helping staff to foster a winning mindset.
She says the trick to negotiating an increase in pay is remaining rational and calm - while keeping the handy acronym, ‘P.A.Y.R.I.S.E’ to the front of your mind:
For Bobby, the key things to remember are clarity, timing, setting out your achievements and asking definitively.
While career breaks may be relatively common in the public sector, Bobby would never put the option on the table at a company he was running.
“What am I meant to do for three months while she is gone touring the world, finding herself and improving her mental health?" he asks. "Just keep the job open?"
“I think it is very disruptive for a business in the private sector to entertain career breaks and I wouldn’t entertain one at any business that I would be running.
“I think, Sinéad, if you can get your career break, good luck to you.”
“I don’t think you can unfortunately,” says Bobby
Employees are entitled to compassionate leave under certain circumstances - however a sickness in the family does not necessarily qualify.
The moral for both sides here is to be precise and always get a clear guarantee about exactly where any time off is coming from.
“This is a horrible email in the sense that this is down to poor communication,” says Bobby. "We have to look at real situations."
“That chap might have been upset. His mother was ill. It might have been said in a whimsical sort of way but I just think this is down to poor communication.”
“It sounds to me that this manager is actually scared to do his job,” says Bobby. “For some reason he is not doing what he should be doing - i.e. dismissing that employee.”
This staff member has been through the process and has had his warnings - so Bobby’s advice is to make it clear to the manager that he is doing nobody any favours by "pegging up the bad guy."
“Two or three of you need to speak to this guy,” he says. “You need to tell him that this employee is damaging the business and that basically he could end up in a much more serious situation if the good people end up leaving over this."
You can listen back to all of Bobby’s employment advice from Tuesday’s The Hard Shoulder here:
If you have a business or SME related query you would like answered - you can get in touch with Bobby each week by simply sending a short mail to firstname.lastname@example.org