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I got a good performance rating, but my salary increase is not in line with inflation — why?

My boss gave me a performance rating and I was told that I was doing a good job, but only a 4% salary increase. How can I do a good job with twice that inflation, but still get a salary increase of half my living expenses?

I always hear this. Many employees misunderstand the increase in annual benefits that are not based on inflation. If so, no one would have raised their salary for years when inflation did not exist. Each year, companies set a budget they can afford to pay their employees and typically seek to stay competitive with those offered by other companies in the industry. Raises are earned based on performance and are not guaranteed, so they are called "benefits". Based on current market data, 4% is a good benefit boost. Get praise and ask your boss what you need to get promoted. This is a way to get bigger jumps with rewards.

I'm just starting my career and noticed at the event that my boss and colleagues drink a lot. No one seems to be inappropriate or sloppy, but it consumes much more than I can comfortably drink. They keep ordering rounds and tease me about being "lightweight" if I can't keep up. Any advice?

The answer is simple, but it's understandable why it doesn't seem to be the case for beginners. It was another time, but I've been there. In a similar situation, I absorbed the "vodka tonic" and instead asked the bartender to quietly turn it into sparkling water. Also, on St. Patrick's Day, he drank endless beer from the bar and gave it to his patrons. Consume that amount of beer — and people who didn't realize what I was doing (except for the stranger on my right side where I was very popular). In these times, you can simply be polite, but firm. If you don't drink, don't drink and if they can't respect it, don't go out with them, otherwise drink at your own responsible pace and ability, never spoil or "that guy" Please do not become. Limit. Ordinary people respect you. And it doesn't matter who doesn't.

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Gregory Jean Grande has been the Chief Human for over 25 years. Experienced resource executive. Listen to Greg Weds. At 9:35 am at iHeartRadio710WOR with Remberman and Michael Riedel. Email: Follow:GoToGreg.comand Twitter: @GregGiangrande