Question for business owners.?

I'm employed part time at a smallish (15 employee) office. I've been here 3 years. The first year I worked 20 hours/week and the last two years I work 30/hours per week. I get no benefits. Considering what I do, I'm probably maxed out as far as a fair salary for the area I live. This is what I want to know, would you continue to give a "maxed out" employee small raises to show appreciation for loyalty? For cross training on other desks to cover for people when they're out. Or would you be willing to possibly offer something else as a token of appreciation like paid holidays, or limited PTO. I like my job, but there is no room to "advance" in my office. I'm wondering if I stay here forever if I should never expect another raise or any modified benefits.


I'm not looking to go full time at my current company. I have health insurance through my spouse. I like working 30 hours/week. Just wondering if I stay at the same part time job for 20 years if I'll never get a raise again, or if it would be crazy to ask for something like paid holidays or a few sick days a year.

5 Answers

  • 6 months ago

    What I or anyone else might do is irrelevant. Your employer is under no obligation to offer you any "tokens" of appreciation. You should NOT expect anything more than a cost-of-living/inflation-based raise.  It isn't appropriate to ask for benefits that are afforded to full-time employees if you agreed to a part-time position without benefits.  You CAN ask. They CAN decline to give you anything. Then where are you?  If you aren't willing to quit, you have no leverage.

    From their perspective you are getting a fair wage for the work you do and agreed to a job that gives you more than a day off per week and doesn't get paid vacation/personal time off, or insurance. Employers are more likely to "reward" an employee if the employee's skills are hard to come by.  If it would be easy to replace you, then it is unlikely an employer will go out of their way to offer you incentives.  It also depends on how well the company is doing overall. If they are making money hand over fist, the boss might feel more generous to all employees than if they are just scraping by.  

  • 6 months ago

    At a small company like yours, it would be most common to continue to get you raises on a smaller scale.  The company may supplement your income with a bonus during the year.

    At large companies, to maintain equity, they would usually provide a once a year longevity bonus. 

  • 6 months ago

    If the company feels they can replace you with someone else for a lower wage, then there is no business reason to pay you more. At best, you could ask for a cost of living increase every couple years. Make yourself seen as the go to person and indispensable and you'd have a better chance of an increase.

    As far as sick or holidays, if you're hourly part time that typically isn't offered.  Again, if they think very highly of you it's something they may offer.  It's a small office so they have flexibility to do what they want.  

    I think this conversation needs to be with the boss.

  • Bill
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    I would give you raises. He’s probably limiting you to 30 hours per week to keep from paying for mandatory benefits. If I could afford said benefits, I would make you a full time employee.  That’s me, though. I have no idea what your employer thinks or can afford. 

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Sorry but no. You have been given a job, these days employees should not expect perks just because they have been there for a long time.

    Here in the U.K. all employees have paid holidays, maternity and sick pay. That is our laws. It seems very different in the US.


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