Host: If I don't get a raise should I look for another job?
Karen James Chopra: That's going to be a case by case decision. In some cases, you have asked for more money, the boss looks at you and says, "You were worth that and more and I wish I could give it to you, but the company is looking at layoffs in the next quarter of next year. We simply don't have anything in the budget to give to you. Is there anything I could do that would make you feel appreciated? Can I send you to a conference? Can I - would you like to work from home? We have been talking about flextime. You wanted to do flextime, can I do that for you? Is there anything else that I can give you that would make it worth your while to stay?
"In that situation, even if you don't get the raise, you might decide that it is worth your while to stay. You understand why the boss is saying no. They are not arguing that you don't deserve it. They are simply saying, "We don't have it.
" Only you can determine whether they are being truthful about that, but you might decide to stay. If on the other hand, you go in and say, "I would like more money," and the boss says, "I just don't think that what you have done for us is that impressive and I think you are getting too big for your breaches and you really need to do a lot more before we give you a raise.
" Well, you have to ask yourself if you have a really promising future with this particular company and ten you might want to look to move on. So it does depend, sort of the reaction you get back when you have asked for a raise as to whether you decide that you are going to stay and work on.