A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Small Raise, Getting a Job without Transportation, Thank You Notes
Dear Sue: How do I thank my boss for a raise that I think is
fair, but not great? I don't want her to think I would be happy with this
amount of a raise every year, but I assume I should show some gratitude. -
Sue Says: Thank her for the raise and let her know how much you
value your pay increases. Be sure she knows that you are motivated to work
hard and do what it takes to continue to increase your earning potential.
You may want to find a time to sit down with her, share your
aspirations and ask her what you need to do to receive an even bigger
raise next time. If you fail to inform her of your ambitions, she will
assume you are fine with things the way they are. It is important for you
to know how far you can go with this company and important for you boss to
know what you are working toward.
Dear Sue: I am 16 years old. I need to find a job close to my
home because I don't have transportation. What should I do? - Dayna
Sue Says: You can look for jobs close enough to your home that
won't require transportation, but don't overlook the option of using
public transportation, which works for many people. If you have difficulty
finding something, consider looking for a job in your neighborhood; you
could baby-sit, mow lawns, walk dogs or offer some other type of service.
Consider all your options, and don't give up until you find something.
Dear Sue: I write thank you notes each month to people who
regularly support an outreach program with finances. How can I change the
wording month after month so that it does not sound trite or repetitive,
but truly appreciative of the financial support? - Margaret
Sue Says: There arenít too many different ways to say thank you,
but you may be able to change each note by including current updates of
how the money is being used or information about what the outreach program
is accomplishing. The people who support the program should be interested
knowing how things are going and how their support is making a difference.
However, you donít have to worry too much about your creativity; while
it is important for people to receive a note of thanks, most people donít
scrutinize the notes they receive and appreciate the acknowledgement. It
is fine to keep your notes simple with a traditional thank you, but once
in awhile you may want to mention that although a simple thank you may
seem redundant, you want to make sure he/she knows it is heartfelt and
that you really do appreciate the continued support.
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