My previous boss used to use the bucket model. He didn't use that term, of course. He would tell me he had been told he could give raises totaling, say, 3% so he was giving me, say, 4%, and somebody else 2% or whatever. I was never in on the difficult conversations. :lol: I used to wonder whether he actually told that part to the 2% person. I never heard through the grapevine what the overall total was.
So far since I have been manager, no raises have been forthcoming at this company. :cry: My boss explained to me that it's a temporary cash flow issue -- and it makes sense to me. Alas, though temporary, the issues will not be resolved overnight, and meanwhile it seems like individual contributors are just focused on "But I need a raise."
I don't wanna be snotty and say, "This ain't the gummint... you don't just get an automatic raise once a year no matter what."
I wonder, should I talk about what I know about the company's cash flow issues in the department meetings? Judiciously, of course!