Let’s be honest – one of the biggest reasons you work the job you do is because you want to earn the money, and the more money you earn, the better. But to be able to make the most of the financial side of your job, you need to be sure that your employer is actually furnishing you with everything that you are owed – legally, morally and personally. As it happens, a lot of employers end up getting away with giving less than is necessary, simply because the employee in question does not have a clear idea of what they deserve. If that sounds like you, then you might want to take a look at the following. In this post, we are going to look at some of the things that you might be owed, but might not be getting, from your employer – and what you can do about it, without changing careers.
Equal & Fair Pay
You would hope that these days equal and fair pay is an absolute basic – and yet you would be surprised how often this turns out not to be the case. You deserve to earn the same that anyone else in your position – and with your level of experience and expertise – would earn, and that means regardless of incidental facts like race, gender and personality. If you have discovered – or you have a strong suspicion – that this is not being met, then you absolutely have the right to have it investigated. There are many steps you can take here. You might consider it prudent and professional to first bring it up with your line manager, but it’s probably also a good idea to take it further. It could be worth finding Acas contact numbers so that you can check on the legal situation for the company you work for – and you might want to speak with any ombudsman which deals with your industry. Fair pay is a basic, so if it isn’t being met, be sure to have it looked into, for your sake and the sake of your colleagues.
No matter the job, if it is full-time then you will be owed a certain amount of holiday pay. How much depends on a number of factors, ranging from the type of business and the industry it resides within to how long you have been working there and how many hours a week you work. But there should be a clear guide to how much holiday you are owed and by when, and if your employer can’t produce this information then that alone is reason for concern. You should be able to take the holiday whenever, provided that you give sufficient and fair notice, and that you avoid any previously agreed busy times of year which you should rather avoid. As long as that is fulfilled, you should be able to have the holiday, and be paid for it too. Make sure this is happening at your place of work. If it isn’t, raise it with the manager or blow a whistle.
The term benefits can mean such a huge range of things that it’s hard to know whether you are getting them or not, but in general you should think about some of the things that you think should be fair, and seek out whether you are owed them or not. For instance, your place of work does not have to offer you healthcare, but if you work in a dangerous environment then perhaps this should be lobbied for. Just because it might not be a legal requirement doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight for it. You never know what you might be able to achieve, what changes you might be able to bring about, by just making something of a noise and seeing what changes occur. You deserve to have something in the way of benefits if you work for a company for a long time, so be sure that you do – otherwise, make a move or move on to another company entirely.
In general, there should always be an opportunity to at least discuss a raise annually, although it might not always be approved. As inflation rises every year, it is only fair that you should expect at least a raise in line with that, otherwise you won’t be able to keep up with the cost of living to the same degree. If you are never getting any raises, you might want to think about moving on, especially if it looks as though they are not going to budge.