Speak Up When Terms of Employment Change

In the employment context, we always talk about “warning letters” as something an employer gives to an employee to try to correct bad behaviour. It can be just as important for employees to provide their employers with a warning letter of sorts when promises are broken.

Go to Human Resources.at your own risk

QUESTION:  My boss has been cheating on her expenses for a very long time. As her assistant, I see the meal claims go through alleging she had lunches with clients. I don’t attend these lunches but as her assistant, you would think that once in a while there would be a message or something confirming a lunch appointment. It’s not my job to approve these expenses or fill out the claim forms. It bothers me that she is bilking the system. Should I go to human resources and spill?

Not happy? Look for a new job

QUESTION: I have worked with my present employer for 9 years. I have not had a raise in 4 years. My hiring letter said that I would get a performance review every year but that has never happened. I strongly suspect that my co-workers are getting regular raises. Whenever I raise this with my boss I get “not this year”. Whenever I ask for a performance review like my hiring letter said I would get, I get put off. Isn’t my employer breaching my contract? Don’t they have to give me a performance review like they promised and an appropriate raise?