Sara Jones
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My husband’s company just told him that he got a raise but it won’t be effective until March. Is this a retention approach? I usually only hear something more similar like retention bonus which means you get a bonus payment (you can find out more from about cash bonuses) if you stay til certain date… but I’ve never really experienced a delayed raise.

Companies are definitely seeing a great turnover and trying their best to retain their employees. Do you think retention incentives are effective if you’re already thinking about leaving?

#watercooler #jcpq

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Leo Hernandez

I'm thinking, once again I read in between the lines, that the're grooming someone to take his place, because I ask why so long? I would tell them if you want me to stay pay me now, if the don't, I'd be looking around for another job to fall back on just in case, and if the others give you that reassurace of possible employment present to your boss and give them a chance for that raise that they have over your head if not then you'll have your answer, but be up front about don't hold back because they either need you or they don't and demand an explanation, if they don't give once again you'll have your answer.

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Kai DickersonCommunity Specialist
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I do know that some promotions are attached to annual cycles (for corporate budgeting reasons) so if he is getting a promotion WITH the raise, this would make sense. However if that's not the case, it strikes me as odd. That's a lot of trust he's putting into his managers "word" that a raise is coming several months down the road.

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Yiming ShuangCommunity Specialist
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I think retention bonus is to reward employees who feel committed to staying. And it also gives the employees who are leaving a leverage if they are negotiating any new offer.

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