The trouble with pay rises is that it’s an emotional issue and it’s not easy for us always to know how to navigate the process in an unemotional and objective way. When we seek a pay rise in our current organisation, it’s actually quite a complex process. There are a number of variables at play.
We have history with our employer - they know us, we know them and they definitely need us to navigate this carefully; it requires us to plan well. This is even more difficult when we are an HR professional. We’re often trying to deal with this as a senior colleague within a system where our function is custodian of the pay process and ensuring its equitability, consistency and so on. Negotiating a pay rise from that position where you are part of that responsible function is even harder than for anyone else in the organisation.