Ask Sallie: What Should I Do if My Bonus Wasn’t What I Expected? (Video)

By Sallie Krawcheck

You thought you’d be getting a bonus this year … but it didn’t happen. Or else it wasn’t the amount you were expecting. How should you handle the situation? Sallie weighs in below.

Sallie’s answer:

I’ve had experiences like this in my career. Ones where I’ve had to excuse myself, retreat, go out for a day — for a week, a month — and then come back and have the conversation. So, first thing: Excuse yourself from the situation if you feel yourself getting angry, upset, etc.

The second thing is to put time on the calendar to have a discussion about it. Talk about the metrics they looked at, what the performance message is, and what your boss wants to see from you in order for you to get a bigger bonus or a raise next year. The more you can quantify it and get down to exactly what the drivers of good performance are, the better off and the more aligned and on the same page the two of you can be.


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Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the Founder & CEO of Ellevest.