You finally build up the confidence to peer around the corner and mosey your way into his or her office -- your boss -- the head honcho. You've been diligently working at your job for over 18 months and you think you've been doing a mighty fine job. In your mind, it's time... time for a raise. In fact, you probably should have asked for it 6 months ago.
Let's imagine how this conversation with your boss might go:
YOU: Sir, I've been with the company for 18 months and have been working very hard and think that I deserve a raise.
BOSS: Yes, you have been working here for a while, haven't you?
YOU: I'm never late for the job and always finish my projects on time. Certainly you've noticed. How about a raise?
BOSS: Well you know, we're in the midst of a recession and cutting costs.
YOU: Didn't we get stimulus money?
BOSS: Why no! No government bailout here. To be honest, you're lucky to still have a job.
YOU: So, what about a raise... maybe just a small one.
BOSS: Sorry not this year.
You sheepishly head back to your cubicle hoping that things will turn around.
Well, they just might, especially if you decide to relocate to the Washington D.C. area. If you want a raise, D.C. is the best place in the country to get it.
According to a survey by WorldatWork published in the Washington Business Journal, D.C. is the No. 1 metro area for getting a raise. Among the top 10 major metro areas in the country for getting a raise in 2009, D.C. has a planned salary increase of 2.3 percent for middle performers in 2009 and an impressive 77 percent of companies plan to award raises.
How many companies are giving raises where you live?
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