Do you know what you’ll say when one of your STAR* employees asks for a raise or are you going to be blindsided? Will you be able to grant their request or at least be able to tell them exactly what they need to do to earn one? (And if you can give them a raise, why didn’t you just give it to them when they first deserved it?) Will you be upset the person asked or give them points for assertiveness? Will you treat them any differently going forward?
*STARS are: Self-motivated, Talented, Accountable, Responsible, and Stable.