Dear Experts, I just found out my co-worker makes more money than me, even though she was hired at the same time I was. We do the exact same job and have the same level of experience, but she is getting paid $5K more. We are both recent college grads. I know she got recommended for the job by her mom, who is friends with our boss. However, I don't see how she is doing any more work, or brings any more to the job than me. How do I approach my boss about this? I don't think I can continue working here knowing how much more she makes than me! Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:Q#358 Her pay not your business; usually bosses HATE when you compare. Make case why your work worth more money. (@uliaerickson) Q#358 ... show plan 4 future improvements. Present proposal at next review while requesting raise. (@ValueIntoWords) [2/2] Q#358 Prove your value - write out how u helped boss/company save time/make $$, etc. then... (@ValueIntoWords) [1/2] Q#358 Salary is confidential. Want more$? Approach boss abt. ur value & demonstrated results. Not abt. earnings of another. (@DebraWheatman) Q#358 Another person's pay isn't your business. However, if you feel you can justify a raise, speak with your boss. (@gradversity) Q#358 Document UR value to organization & present case 4 increased salary. Cannot approach from: "she gets more than me." (@DawnBugni) [2/2] Q#358 You're angry because she negotiated a better starting salary than you? Same job doesn't have to mean same pay. (@DawnBugni) [1/2] Q#358 I used to be the other person in your question. But I negotiated my salary. Make your case next review. (@beneubanks) Q#358 It is unwise 2 ask 4 a match; not worth ur rep./job. Confidential info 'found,' alerts mngmt of employee’s focus. (@resumeservice) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
Besides payroll, one of your organization’s largest spends is probably on technology. You spent thousands of dollars to implement your new ERP system. Years later you’re still using the same version with manual compliance-related workarounds. The ERP system needs to be kept current. What do you do?
As the business continued to grow, you struggled to make the ERP system work for you. There was no written documentation for the end-users, and you created manual workarounds. Training was done verbally so end-users weren’t trained consistently, and they ended up having a lot of dirty data. In the end, the business was expending extraordinary time and effort muscling to use the ERP system, and only getting a small fraction of value.
How did this situation happen? Individuals thought the small IT group should be responsible for all technology including the ERP system. So, the business wasn’t involved as much as it should have been.
ERP stands for enterprise resource planning—the entire enterprise should be involved including finance, information security, internal audit, regulatory compliance, and legal.
ERP System Responsibilities For Each Department
Although the ERP is a system (with a significant investment), the sole responsibility cannot be put on IT. Instead, the business needs to take the lead and own the system. The ERP consists of multiple modules and those “owner” departments have a vested interest to keep the system current and to maximize using the features and functionality.
IT is responsible for understanding how the system is intended to be used.
The business is responsible for deciding what to use.
One way to break out the responsibilities is as follows:
Departments “own” their respective modules (e.g. finance, human resources, operations), which includes the internal control system
If there isn’t a separate training department, then this responsibility reverts to the business.
In the end, the business has the most to gain (or lose) by utilizing the ERP to align with the business needs and growth. Similar to the idiom it takes a village, the entire enterprise should be involved to keep the ERP and other major systems current and maximize their use.
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Did your PTO request get denied? Due to restructurings, layoffs, and crunches, companies are now buckling down on employees and their PTO. Here's my concern...
Quitting isn't going to help your situation.
If you quit because your PTO request was denied, that will, in fact, hurt your chances of getting hired. And if the economy tanks, there will be fewer jobs, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get a reference or explain why you quit.
What You Should Do If Your PTO Request Is Denied
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When your PTO request is denied, you want to ask why.
- Why is this happening?
- What can I do to make this timeslot work?
- What would I have to do before or after?
- How can I get to the point where this could be approved?
Maybe your employer can't approve the entire time off that you're requesting, but they could approve part of it. Or maybe your boss is just worried about some coverage, but you could assist in getting that coverage. The goal is to try to work with them on that.
But if you don't get your requested PTO, I'd be really careful about taking that time off anyways or quitting, because it could hurt you and your career.
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