I just asked my department head for a raise in salary. I asked because unfortunately I've been experiencing a major lack since I was let go from my job at Viacom, in March 2015. It's been over a year that I've been regularly attending the food bank in order to keep food in my belly. As I'm coming up on a year at my current place of employment and after really digesting my expenses and considering my life in the years to come, scraping by off of food bank groceries isn't working out for me. Busting my ass for a company that I believe in, that I invest all of my time and creative energy in while barely making any money isn't the dream.
I was declined the request. I was told that it would be sacrificing from someone else.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned this year was my worth. I'm work way more than what these people determine is okay to pay me. And because of knowing my worth and believing in what I'm worth, I'm okay with her answer. It gave me the push and encouragement I need to stand by the number that aligns with the time and creative energy I give to someone else's pockets.
Is it disappointing that my company feels that way towards me, yes. Is this something that will make me stronger? Absolutely.
I'm worth more than what I've been given and I'm thankful for the courage that I received to stand up for myself.
Where to next?