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BJ'S BLOG 03/14/14 "Asking for a Raise"

Hello again, good friends and fellow Rock-A-Holics! I know it's Friday, and we're all anxious for the weekend, but we need to solve a WORK PROBLEM for Amanda before we scoot out of here. 
Amanda went out drinking with a co-worker recently, and now she's looking for advice. After a few drinks, the co-worker mentioned how much money she makes, and also noted that employee reviews are coming up for both of them. 
Don't we all know by now that discussing money with your co-workers is a terrible idea? No? Just me? Okay. Carry on.
Amanda and her co-worker perform the same job for their employer. It just so happens that the co-worker makes more money...a LOT more, in fact. It's one thing to quibble about a few dollars, but this woman makes 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS more per year. 
Amanda feels like she has an obligation to address this during the employee review. However, there is one more detail that seems pretty important to me:
Amanda says the only difference the two women is that the co-worker is extremely attractive, and well-liked by the males in the company. Their boss is a man, so Amanda is worried that bringing up the salary issue may seem catty, and could label her as a problem employee.
It seems like Amanda liked her co-worker just fine before the money beans got spilled. They were out for drinks and girl talk, right? Isn't that an indicator of a friendly relationship? The co-worker's attractiveness didn't affect that part of their friendship, so I find it curious that it's a nitpick item now. 
Should Amanda address this issue with her boss? Do looks really factor into this? Is there a resolution that doesn't reflect badly on either woman in the long run?
If you've experienced this, or just have some insight, Amanda would love some Group Therapy!

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03/14/2014 7:18AM
BJ'S BLOG 03/14/14 "Asking for a Raise"
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03/14/2014 11:21AM
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I would ask for a raise, but do not spill the beans about the co-worker's pay. First off she may have exaggerated the amount to impress you, or tick you off. People are like that. Or you may not know the whole story, maybe your co-worker has a college degree or some other skill (bi-lingual for example). Leave her out of it. The best thing you can do prior to your review is write up a self review of all that you have accomplished at the company since your hire (or last raise). Quantify all the things you have done and request a raise. I asked for twice as much as I would settle for, and wouldn't you know it they offered me 1/2 of what I requested. There is no way anybody gets a $15K raise these days unless you are like an Engineer or a Pro Sports star. Ask for a $3 an hour increase. If they give you $2 that will be $4160 more a year (full time). Not too shabby. -Jeffro
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