By Claire West
Almost half of PAs and secretaries (43%) do not feel comfortable in approaching their boss for a pay rise as they find their superiors intimidating. The recent online poll by office support recruiter Crone Corkill found that because of this, most would rather wait and see if they were offered a salary increase than request one.
31% of respondents said that they would sometimes be willing to approach their boss regarding the issue, but that this would depend on his or her workload and stress level at the time. Just under a fifth said that they do not need to ask because they are often rewarded for their hard work.
“It is surprising that so many PAs said that they would not approach their boss considering they work so closely with them” comments Tracy Durrant, Managing Director at Crone Corkill. “However many also said they would have to judge their boss’s workload first so they obviously know them well enough to know when is a good time, and when isn’t! Discussing workplace and employment issues is important and office support staff should see it as a vital element in building a strong working relationship, which employers will value.”