‘We’re not getting a raise?’: A 7-year-old employee is angry that she got a 60 cent raise

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

The woman has been working in the same place for 7 years and was delighted to hear that she and all her colleagues had been promised a pay raise given inflation that is driving prices to record highs.

However, the much-anticipated raise turned out to be 60 cents – an amount Karla believes is too small to protect her from a potentially turbulent future.

This woman’s company told her they would 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

Photo credit: karla_tee13

Photo credit: karla_tee13

Photo credit: 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 little stress.

Workers continue to reap the benefits of a hot labor market, characterized by few layoffs, numerous vacancies and high levels of voluntary resignations, according to new data from the US Department of Labor.

There were around 11.25 million vacancies in May, and although job vacancies – an indicator of employer demand for labor – are down from about 11.7 million in April and a record 11.9 million in March, they are down still high by historical standards and hovering near late-2021 levels. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate at 3.6% is close to pre-pandemic levels in early 2020, when it was 3.5%. (That was the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.) So, by the numbers at least, it’s still a job-seeking 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

Although the job market has been a bright spot in the pandemic-era economic recovery, there are signs that things may calm down — although it’s unclear by how much and how quickly.

The Federal Reserve is raising the cost of borrowing for consumers and businesses to slow the economy. Also, recent inflation readings have been hotter than expected and the latest retail sales data has been weaker than expected, Daniel Zhao, senior economist at careers site Glassdoor, told CNBC.

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

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

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

“We may assume that certain desires – a more flexible work schedule, shorter weeks, a sabbatical or just a long vacation – are out of the question at our current job, and so the only way to really change our situation is to do so to leave it brand new for a time.”

Bohns, the author of ‘You have more influence than you think,’ attributes high levels of burnout to technology, which she says has tied people to 24/7 work, and “the idea that we need to… prioritize work over everything else.”

“The problem is that these norms are so pervasive that employees in a new job may find themselves in the same situation in which they tried to leave,” she said.

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

The story resonated with many people, and many responded to it in the woman’s comments section

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