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The Only Raise Is In Stress

| Working | March 15, 2016

(My dad works for a company that manufactures cars. Recently, one of his coworkers was injured and had to leave. Another one recently had a child and is on paternity leave. As a result, my father has to juggle both of their jobs as well as his own. One day he talks to his boss.)

Dad: “I was wondering if I could get a pay raise?”

Boss: “Why do you ask?”

Dad: “You’ve been paying attention to my work recently, right? I have to do [Coworker #1]’s job AND [Coworker #2]’s job, as well as mine. Can I at least get a little extra money for this?”

Boss: “I’ll talk to the higher-ups about it.”

(Fast-forward to the end of the day.)

Boss: “They said you can’t have a raise.”

Dad: “Did they give any reason why? Did you at least vouch for me?”

Boss: “Well, when they asked about your work ethic, I told them that you’re busy sometimes and kind of lazing around at other times.”

Dad: “…Are you kidding me? Did you miss the part where I am juggling three jobs at once?”

Boss: “I told them that. I also told them that you weren’t quite up to par at doing [Coworker #2]’s job. He was a lot better than you.”

Dad: “That’s because I didn’t volunteer for this. Do you really think I’m going to be better at someone else’s job after less than a week after they left?”

Boss: “Well, they said they’re thinking about deducting your salary.”

Dad: “WHAT?!”

Boss: “You don’t have any experience doing [Coworker #2]’s job. You’re not doing it as well, and you need to learn to do it better.”

Dad: “Then get someone else to show me! Ask him if he can work from home! There’s no reason here to deduct my salary!”

Boss: “I’m not going back in there! You want a raise, you talk to them.” *leaves*

(Apparently his boss missed the part where Dad isn’t allowed to talk to the higher-ups because he “doesn’t have the authority.” The salary cut hasn’t taken effect yet, though.)

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