At the end of December, I had an employee evaluation done. This is where my boss takes a look at my performance during the year and sees how well I’m doing. If I’m doing well, I get a little bonus. If I’m doing badly, I could get reprimanded. I’ve never had one of these evaluations done before so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I was going to have to sit down with my boss and talk about the stuff that I’ve learned. But luckily, that didn’t happen.
I’m always stuck doing the night shift so my evaluation is different. I don’t know anything about these evaluations so I’m not sure what it’s like. As far as I know, my boss sent me a document outlining what I’m doing well and areas that I need improvements on. It was an attachment to an email from my boss. He requested that I take a look at the document.
It looks like my evaluation was broken up into seventeen categories. Each category had five different ratings ranging from poor to excellent but more detailed. Most of the ratings that I’ve received were above average so that means that I was doing something good. The only thing that I need to improve on is my technical knowledge of operation of platform management. I have no idea what that means. I’m going to have a hard time improving on that since I don’t know what it is.
Along with this positive evaluation, I also received a raise. When I read that part of the email, I was excited. Since I started, the amount that I’ve been making worked out to be the same as if I was to work at the library. With car insurance and gas, it works out to be the same. So, since I was getting a raise, I was hoping to see some good cash flow going into my account.
The raise wouldn’t go into affect until the New Year so when the Christmas pay was deposited into my account, I received a hefty pay cheque because I worked Christmas Day and Boxing Day. When the first January pay cheque came in, I received my overtime hours for working New Year’s. The cheque following this one should show the amount that I’ll be making from here on in.
In the letter from my boss, he informed me that I’ll be getting a $1/hr raise. It’s not much but that works out to be about $40 a week. That’s enough to cover my gas expenses for the week which would be great because then I’ll have some left over funds to use for other things. But when I received my first cheque where the raise took effect and saw that something wasn’t right. It looked as if I was short some hours. The pay stubs are distributed on Fridays but I’m usually off before they get handed out so I had to wait until my next shift to find out where the error was.
When I arrived at work, I tore open my pay stub. I looked it over thoroughly but I couldn’t see where the mistake was. My hours had been recorded correctly yet, for some reason, I was making less than I did before the raise. By getting a $1/hr raise, my net pay was reduced by $4.13. That just didn’t make any sense to me. If anything, I should be making more, not less. But according to this pay stub, I’m making less.
I don’t know the exact numbers that are used to calculate the federal tax deduction but a dollar raise should not have meant that I’ll be making less. This is the first company that I’ve worked for where the pay is weekly rather than bi-weekly. I don’t have the time to do the research and look things over so I might have to leave it as is. Emailing the accountant won’t help much either because he never returns any of my emails. I had to look into this closer.
After thoroughly looking things over, I found the reason why I was making less. I didn’t see it at first because the difference was small. I was making less because I was working less. The last few paycheques that I’ve been getting recorded 44hrs a week. After the holiday, I was only doing 40hrs a week. I’ve never realized that I was putting so many hours in the office. It’s no wonder that I’m always tired every week.