A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Thanks for the Raise
Dear Sue: Today, I received an envelope from my manager at
work containing a raise I received. The letter stated there would be yet
another review this year.
In an instant message I thanked him and told him I was going to ask
for a review, but they beat me to the punch. I included a happy face and
said I would continue to do my best.
I also emailed both my manager and the CEO to thank them for the raise,
told them it was a pleasure working for this department, and that I
would continue to do my best in 2007.
When I told my mother what happened she told me I overdid it and that
I was “kissing up” to my manager and CEO.
I thought the proper etiquette would be to follow up with the letter,
but my mother thinks I deserved the raise and it didn't have to say
Now I am wondering if I might have done some damage to my reputation
and whether I should say thank you for raises in the future. Do you
think I overdid it?
– Not kissing up
Sue Says: I see nothing wrong with what you did. In fact, I
applaud you for being so appreciative and having such a positive
attitude and I am sure the CEO and your manager are equally as pleased.
Far too many people take their jobs and their raises for granted and
feel their employers “owe” them something.
I think your approach is refreshing. Keep up the good work.
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at
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