Bonus Smaller This Year!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about high rating but low bonus: How is it best to talk about it with the boss?

I work in a place where you receive bonuses on performance evaluation. The money differential is big, and my issue is I received in my mid-term evaluation a top performance, but when I got my final one for the year I was a notch down so my bonus went from 3 percent to 1 of my salary and that is significant. There was no feedback to why the difference. In fact I think the praise was even better in the second one. I am talking with my supervisor about this. Any suggestions of how to talk about it with him? I do believe he is under pressure to not give too much money out, and in fact I wish they would just be honest, but still awareness of fairness is important…Thanks as always for your time.

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