The Office - Asking For A Raise (C0188)

A:  Excuse me sir, may I talk to you?
B:  Bill! Sure, come on in. What can I do for you?
A:  Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years.
B:  Yes.
A:  I won't beat around the bush. Sir, I would like a raise. I currently have three companies after me and so I decided to talk to you first.
B:  A raise? Son, I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time.
A:  I understand your position, and I know that the current economic downturn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, pro-activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade.
B:  Taking into account these factors, and considering I don't want to start a brain drain, I'm willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound?
A:  Great! It's a deal! Thank you, sir!
B:  Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you?
A:  Oh, the electric company, gas company and water company!

Key Vocabulary

beat around the bushavoid the subject by talking about something else
raiseincrease in salary
take into considerationto think about something before making a decision
offergive with the choice of accepting or rejecting
loyaltythe quality of being loyal

Supplementary Vocabulary

to demandto request forcefully
to move up the ladderto receive a promotion at work
promotionan offer of a better position at the same company
demotionbeing asked to do a less important job at the same company
initiativedeciding to take the first step; making a decision on one's own

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