29 July 2014
Praise and Pay Days
How closely are your performance and your pay linked? In an
industry as closely monitored and as highly productive as mining,
there is a procedure, a box, a structure, a diagram, an ikea-esk
set of instructions and a road map for pretty much everything.
Including the proper way to use the dunny.
If you want to see the epitome of organisation and structure, go
and visit with your local HR/ Payroll office. You'll see a piece of
paper or a number on a screen that looks extraordinarily large.
That's not the weekly pay. That's just the number of people being
paid this week. And the poor frazzled faces staring back at you are
trying to make sure that each of those large number of individuals
is happy with their pay.
A pretty impossible task and certainly one that can keep you on
And that is where all of those road maps and sets of intructions
really come into play.
Here's a little insight on 5 things that determine how well you
are paid for your day's work:
- Your job title. The obvious one first. Most companie's will
have a salary range for each job and are reluctanct to stray
outside of it.
- Your experience. In a perfect world you would get a pay rise
for every year you clock up in a particular skill. Reality isn't
quite that kind, but you can expect a gradual increase over
- Feedback from your manager. Praise from the boss can be
beneficial for the back pocket as well as the ego.
- Skill shortage. This can be a major contributing factor to your
bottom line. If you want to make a lifetime's income in a day,
become the only after hours plumber in a city after a chilli
- What you ask for. Some say demand. I'm inclined to say demands
often meet more resistance than requests. The simple act of asking
for what you deserve is often effective.
When crying poor and screaming for a pay rise, consider this
carefully. Have you earned it? Well and truly, bleeding knuckles,
value adding, production increasing earned it. If yes, talk to your
manager about it. If not, get back in your box.
How do you approach the sensitive subject of a pay rise? I'd
start with a graph. I love graphs. Don't just show that you are a
hard worker, show that you add value, save money, make the
workplace safer. Something that makes a tangible, measurable and
specific difference to your workplace.
Are your performance and your pay as closely linked as
Side note: When the day to day of pay goes
Whenever I hear of someone complaining that they haven't been
paid correctly, that they should have more leave, that their
payslip isn't printed in gold leaf, I try to gently remind them of
some simple facts. You are a small cog in a large machine. Let them
know there's a problem by sending them a polite email will get you
a lot further than a screaming phone call.