; in my particular office 85% have been with the company 5-10 years so we have longevity. I say this as background. We lost our contract to a small business, veteran, woman, minority, diabled,you name, they have the tag line for it company.Given that 85% of my office hasn’t had to look for work or interview in 5-10 years they are not savvy as to how to negotiate and mainly just want to know they will continue to get a paycheck — don’t really care who it’s from.
Case in point, the company who won our contract demanded two paystubs when we interviewed. I don’t know about you but I have NEVER been asked to provide a paystub… again, 99% of my office printed out their paystubs with all their deductions, personnel numbers, bank routing number, etc… when truth be told, all they needed to provide was their net income (with all other information blanked out — that’s what I did).As for me, I kept on top of my “total” compensation over the years so I knew my “worth” in terms of what I was being paid and what the company was contributing to my paycheck… trust me, I was self talking for six weeks to ensure I was able to say what my income was with a straight face.As for my coworker, he is black and white and no shades of grey so they offered him the same salary that I am going to make (he is taking a pay cut while I get an increase); but in the bigger scheme of things we have jobs and that’s what matters. Hope this all makes sense. 😮