As I trawled through the masses of unread emails in my inbox upon my return to work after my holiday, one jumped out at me immediately, filling me with a bit of dread – my one-to-one appointment with my boss for my annual appraisal!
Over the years, I’ve tended to have good reviews but they’re just not things that I enjoy going through – I don’t like talking about my achievements, I’d rather just get on with doing them.
Yes, after all these years, I know I need to ‘sell’ myself, but I’m still pretty rubbish at it. Unfortunately, just doing a great job (which is what I do) isn’t enough, you have to apparently tell everyone about what a great job you are doing too and that’s the bit I find difficulty with…
Anyway, despite the turmoil caused by New Co buying out Old Co last year, my boss told me that I’d kept my focus and put in a solid performance, hitting all my personal targets and helped the team achieve its target.
Also notched up another 100% attendance record at work – the few days I was sick happened over a weekend so I ended up not taking any time off.
The second (and bigger) piece of good news was that Old Co have honoured the bonus I accrued last year, have passed the monies onto New Co and I will be getting it in my March pay! Woo hoo! 🙂 This is likely to be my last bonus for a while as it doesn’t look like New Co operate a similar bonus scheme (that I know of).
This is only my 4th bonus in the last 10 years. As with the previous two, I’m likely to save/invest a lot of it but might put some of it aside for some forthcoming large expenses. Also, I can throw a chunk at my emergency fund.
I had thought that my savings rate would take a big dive this month, due to me having to pay off my family for some Japan trip expenses (when I ran out of money- oops!) but it looks like there will be a nice little boost which will hopefully help keep my rate up for the rest of the year.
…and the Bad News
Apparently, New Co Corporate have said that “nobody” will be getting any pay rises this year.
My boss actually did the quotations thing with his fingers when he said “nobody”, because word has already leaked on the grapevine that certain senior personnel have actually gotten pay increases (my boss was obviously not one of them!). No idea if this has any truth in it but there are mutterings around the coffee/tea machines.
It’s also unclear if the “nobody” only applies to us Northerners and that the folks in the office down south will be still be getting a wage increase. I shouldn’t care if this is the case but it did pi$$ me off a little when I heard.
Still, I’m not sweating over this as I’m happy with the bonus – not everyone will get one so it could be a double-whammy for some, ie no bonus and no pay-rise. Ouch.
The second bit of not-so-great news is that there will be a key announcement later this month/beginning of April and another scheduled for Sept/Oct.
Already, people are speculating that these must be announcements about redundancies etc but I’m keeping an open mind and not stressing about something beyond my control.
Meeting of Like Minds
Anyway, off the subject of work, it’s the FIRE Escape gathering this weekend, organised by Huw of FFB40.
I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the old crowd and also meeting some new faces.