My boss emailed me this morning in reference to our annual pay/merit increase:
"Since the increase will be for one month, Corporate has only given us a 3% increase instead of 4%."
OK. My first thought was that, well, since our contract ends in one month, any increase is nice. But, then, I thought "WTF."
I mean, really, not giving an extra 1% because it's only for one month seems kind of petty. A 1% increase works out to an extra $10 per month (maybe less, I haven't bothered to do the actual math). Is the company in such dire straits that they can't afford that?
Also, knowing that we are all looking for new jobs, couldn't they give us the highest possible amount so that we have that extra little bargaining chip with our new employers? Not to mention that it could also affect the amount of our unemployment benefits if we don't find a job.
The Corporate Office is always trying to sell the line that they *care* about their employees, but a move like this smacks of hypocrisy and corporate self-interest.