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It’s great to receive recognition at work like plaques, certificates, titles, and the like. Just be sure your paycheck is also reflecting your exemplary performance.

Companies will often try to pacify workers by giving them plaques, awards, titles or special attention for their performance to reward employees and to satiate their need for recognition… and so they don’t ask for raises. These things are great, but make sure your paycheck also reflects your exemplary performance.

This isn’t every case, but I’ve seen it enough to know it’s definitely a tactic.

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  2. LPT: Use those plaques, certificates, titles and the like to initiate salary negotiations and demand pay increase.

  3. Where I work we dont get raises or special recognition. Well, unless you count the “thanks for all you do” at the end of my supervisors emails

  4. Definitely experienced this just this year as a web designer. I ended up quitting my job, and along with trying to get me to stay (with no actual raise even offered) they tried to take advantage of knowing I have anxiety to say they were “worried about me” and that they didn’t think I would be able to make it as a freelancer.

  5. Yep, this is happening to me now. Managers are always praising the great work that I’m doing and they are super grateful.

    When I have asked for a raise/promotion, they said that there is not enough money right now.

    Looking for a new job at the moment.

  6. My company just laid off hundreds of folks. The ones that I Knew were people that won the highest awards at the company, some as recent as last quarter. It was surprising. Makes us all think how they made their decisions.

  7. “I have been salesman of the month for 13 of the last 12 months. You heard me right. I did so well last February that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.”

  8. I feel the same way about Bonuses, it’s like, thanks but a 1 off payment is worth a lot less than a permanent increase (I’m a long game thinker with money, I’d rather have £100 extra per year than £500 now)

  9. Negociate for the best salary before day-one. Expect nothing more after that. You will never be disapointed. Change job every 2-3 years. You employer is not your friend. Repeat this until you retire.

  10. My company (a Fortune 500 major bank in the country) made a move to cut the employee recognition program and milestone benefits this past year.

    The scandal and drama was freaking real across the entire organization. I (and many others) was already of the opinion that the benefits were already underwhelming / practically nonexistent and after that announcement I was thinking “why do people even work here lol???”

    After a week or so, they backtracked after seeing the feedback of “our most valued assets”, our employees, and demonstrated that yes they listen!

    Edit: tldr – to say what they did was a fucking shitshow is being generous

  11. I don’t even get anything but verbal thanks. Been there almost two years and my request for a raise was denied. I work my ass off 60+ hours a week and always come through on projects. No bonuses, no awards, no titles, no special recognition, no raise, nothing but more work.

  12. My last workplace refused to give me a raise, but did supply a weekly fruit basket to all the employees. So generous!

  13. Thank you for saving the company from bankruptcy by working 120 hours straight.

    Here’s a cardboard folder with a laser printed appreciation certificate, **AND** a $50 gift certificate at Applebee’s.

  14. This is all well and good, but the university I work for just suspended all merit-based raises for the rest of the year. 🙁

  15. I have an “employee of the month” prize which I won when I worked for a UK bank- it was a reasonably big deal to get it, big company, it was nice. But I’ve kept it, as a reminder that the same year, they didn’t give me a bonus or a pay rise.

  16. We have a role at my work that is a title to shut someone up. It’s a promotion but no raise or really any extra responsibility. It’s title only. And it makes you a target for write-ups and termination when convenient.

  17. We have quarterly awards for best worker. I think it’s an insult. I do the same job every day. You recognize my work in 1 quarter? Thanks….. It’s like telling someone they look good *today.* It’s a backhanded compliment, and I hate that it exists.

  18. Yep, I’d rather have the $5 it took to make a plaque in cash than a plaque that’s gonna end up in a box in the basement

  19. They give you the pointless certificates to make you feel appreciated so they won’t have to give you a raise. It works. I’ve seen people in offices with 20 year tenures brag about their plastic trophies and golf photos and accomplishments but as a new hire I made substantially more than them.

  20. I don’t mind big pay increases as transferring and moving in my field is how you get paid…but recognition is big for me. I didn’t get much of it growing up, back when we didn’t get participation trophies (which I agree are toxic) but man it feels good to be recognized at work

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