I am trying to decide if I am wrestling with a sense of entitlement, or have I truly experienced an injustice in my workplace. My situation is this: I have been given many additional responsibilities at my work due to an acquisition of my company.
My workload has increased greatly, but I have not received a meaningful raise to reflect this. The painful part is that other employees who used to do these tasks are still making the same salary. In other words, they are paid the same to do less work and I am paid the same to perform much more work. Another by product of this arrangement is that my opportunities for advancement have been diminished.
Should I complain, or demand a raise? Or, should I just be grateful to have a job?
We appreciate that you are trying to look at your work situation from a number of different perspectives. However, our answer to both the choice you present in your first sentence and your question to us in your last paragraph is: none of the above.
You don’t say how long ago your company’s acquisition took place, but there is an adjustment period when any big changes take place in a work environment. An injustice, albeit one about which you can do very little, is when the boss’ nephew gets double the salary for half the work. A sense of entitlement is when the boss’ nephew expects to get double the salary for half the work. During an adjustment period, it may take time for new management to get the whole picture, but they aren’t being unjust. Neither are you showing a sense of entitlement for wanting to be compensated properly.
Thinking in either of those terms, “injustice” or “entitlement” suggests an emotional analysis rather than a businesslike approach. We heartily recommend that you remove emotion from the equation.