It has been a while since I last posted. With good reason. I have had a ton going on. Still going on in fact. It has been crazy and I love it.

morethanpaidIt all started with the attitude that I had about corporate America. I have this feeling that in corporate America, though can be a great place to work, the pay increases come at staggeringly slow rate.

I entered into corporate America very much under employed. I was transferring skills, terrific skills they may be, from professional coaching to corporate desk job. Most companies weren’t drinking the cool-aid. So I took what I could get.

I had to.

As time passed I began to subtly present my ideas and the impact I could make. Once I was noticed I let it roll. And here is the most important part of the whole thing… I worked really hard, I did things way above my pay grade, I didn’t complain about money, I. Just. Worked.

When you do more than you’re paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do. – Zig Ziggler

I realized I was doing this for a while already and it was beginning to pay off. Not that I had to do less… that’s not the point.

If you don’t ever show competent work above your pay grade to those who matter then you are doomed to stay right where you are forever and eternity.

Employer is not going to say, “Hey, Mr. worker… I am going to give you double your salary. How’s that sound? And then… yeah… then we are going to hope that you have the skills to do the job well. Is that a good idea to you?”

Have you ever heard that before? Never. It doesn’t happen. But think of the logic behind this. I am worker #1 and I am paid a nice $10 hour pay to talk on the phone.

What would happen if you went out of your way to:

  • Develop new products
  • Created highly useful reports for supervisors to use
  • Improved the method for training and helped everyone on your floor
  • Created a website that improves customer experience, reduces costs, and improves productivity
  • etc.

I am pretty sure that you are working very effectively at a pay grade much higher than your $10 an hour. Now your boss is thinking…. “Ya know… I really need to pay that worker #1 guy more. He does so much. Hey… there is that position that is coming up at the end of the month. I think it’s his.”

If you worked the business far above your pay grade then these conversations will happen. If they don’t get a different job. Don’t worry, you will have plenty to show for your efforts.

Don’t strive for a raise… Raises come too slowly. Strive for job change… one that pays better.