'Employee of the Year' Upset by 1 Percent Pay Rise Supported by Internet

An employee's disappointment at receiving a 1 percent wage increase after being promised "something special" has attracted attention online.

A Reddit user shared their situation to the popular Subreddit "Anti Work" which often sees employees share their ideas and questions about a "work-free life," and their personal work-related struggles.

For this Reddit user, in particular, their issue gained over 10,000 votes on the site, after claiming to receive the same 1 percent increase as the full workforce, despite winning "employee of the year."

"So this year I went above and beyond. I mean ABOVE AND BEYOND. We were extremely behind on product shipments and I had a training course that required like seven tests to complete. I studied on my own time at home and instead of me taking the full week-long course, I tested out in six hours," wrote the user.

"I then spent the rest of the week building products to ensure we could ship. My boss gave me a pat on the back, and said 'We are going to have something special for you on your year end review'."

After thinking that they were set to receive a "huge" raise, the employee was awarded a "1 percent raise just like everyone else."

The latest quarter saw wages across the U.S. jump by the most on records for the three months ending in September dating back 20 years, with pay increasing by 1.5% according to the Labor Department—making the Reddit user's raise much lower than average.

Despite pay increases across the country, however, the higher salaries aren't actually likely to keep pace with inflation. The consumer price index for the past year through October is up by 6.2 percent, making it the highest inflation rate in more than 30 years.

As noted by many of the "Anti Work" Redditers, the original poster's pay increase doesn't even counter growing inflation.

The worker's dilemma comes at a time when industries across the country are facing intense staff shortages, often due to issues with wages.

Redditers were left questioning whether or not putting in extra work is actually ever worth it, with seemingly little acknowledgment or benefits for doing so in many roles.

"High performance gets you nowhere with an employer when it comes to pay increases. Figure out the minimum that needs to be done to keep management off your back, do that and only that. I learned that the hard way too," commented one user

"When my bosses do s**t like this I say, this is nice but what am I gonna do with a plaque and 1%? I thought you had something good for me? Can I get back to work? I feel insulted," wrote another.

Many recommended the worker quit his job, or at least make it seem that way: "Threaten to quit and leverage it. Or whip out your plaque at the next interview," advised one user.

Another agreed, writing: "Keep the plaque. Write down the experience on your resume. Search elsewhere for a better position with better pay. You clearly have the knowledge and the work ethic."

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