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“We’re Not Gonna Get A Raise?”: 7-Year Employee Is Furious That She Got A 60-Cent Raise

TikToker Karla (@karla_tee13) has just gone viral for sharing an emotional rant, explaining how her company misled and disappointed her.

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The woman has been working at the same place for 7 years, and was very happy to hear that with inflation pushing prices to record highs, she and all of her colleagues were promised a raise.

However, the much-anticipated pay increase turned out to be 60 cents—an amount Karla believes is too small to protect her from a possibly turbulent future.

This woman’s company told her they will take care of her in the face of economic uncertainty

@karla_tee13 *end rant* 🥲 #fyp #inflation #worklife #corporateamerica #screwedover #laughsoyoudontcry ♬ original sound – karla_tee13

But she didn’t think it would be just a 60-cent raise

Image credits: karla_tee13

Image credits: karla_tee13

Image credits: karla_tee13

Of course, every situation is different, but if Karla decides to leave her company, she might still be able to find a new one with relatively low stress.

Workers continue to reap the benefits of a hot labor market characterized by few layoffs, ample openings and a high level of voluntary departures, new data from the US Department of Labor says.

There were roughly 11.25 million available positions in May, and even though job openings — a proxy for employers’ demand for labor — are down from about 11.7 million in April and a record 11.9 million in March, they are still elevated in historical terms and hovering near their level of late 2021. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate of 3.6% is near the pre-pandemic level in early 2020, when it was 3.5%. (That was the lowest jobless rate since 1969.) So at least according to the numbers, it’s still very much a job seeker’s market.

After her first video went viral, she made a humorous Part II to laugh at the situation

@karla_tee13 🤡🤡🤡 #fyp #worklife #corporatelife #inflation2022 #funny #itsalljokes #dontfireme ♬ original sound – Iconicmovieclipz

However, while the labor market has been a bright spot of the pandemic-era economic recovery, there are indications of things may calm down — though it’s unclear how much and how quickly.

The Federal Reserve is raising borrowing costs for consumers and businesses in a bid to slow the economy. Also, the latest inflation reading came in hotter than expected, and the latest retail sales data was weaker than anticipated, Daniel Zhao, a senior economist at career site Glassdoor, told CNBC.

“We know quite explicitly the Federal Reserve is trying to cool down the economy,” Zhao said. “One of the places that’s going to happen is in the labor market … but for right now we’re still very much in the Great Resignation,” he added.

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Leaving your job may be a solution in some situations, especially if your workplace is toxic, however, Vanessa Bohns, who is a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University, believes it’s actually the only or best option less often than we think.

“It may feel to us like the only way to escape the hold work has on us by doing something dramatic, like leaving our current position altogether,” Bohns said. “In many cases, there is more we can do to change our current circumstances than we realize.”

“We might assume certain requests — a more flexible work schedule, shorter weeks, a sabbatical, or just a long vacation — are non-starters at our current job, and so the only way to really change our situation is to leave it for a completely new one.”

Bohns, the author of ‘You Have More Influence Than You Think,’ attributes high levels of burnout to technology, which she said has tethered people to work at all hours, and “the idea that we have to … prioritize work over all else.”

“The problem is that these norms are so widespread that employees may find themselves in a new job, right back in the same kind of situation they were trying to leave,” she said.

Instead of asking themselves “Should I quit this job?”, employees should first try to define their relationship with work. For that, questions like “Where is my personal agency?” and “What are the requests that I need to make?” or “How am I going to take care of myself?” are better.

The story resonated with a lot of people, with many reacting to it in the woman’s comment section

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