First, I must say that Manager Tools is the best thing I've found on the Web to help myself and my team. I've been wading through sites that keep telling what I already know not to do.
Second, I was placed in a management role over a year ago but have spent the last year just cleaning up the mess that was left for me. Now I can actually concentrate on managing effectively. This site is helping me a great deal. I can't get through the podcasts and forum fast enough.
There is one problem that I have not been able to "fix" in my current company that I needed some advice with . I have given an annual review to 3 of my team over the past 6 months. I was one of their peers before being promoted. So, I do have a concept on how hard they work and how well they do their jobs (from a peer perspective and now management). My problem is that the owner seems to pick a percentage increase out of the air despite my justifications for the raise. There is no rhyme or reason that I can figure out. I've asked for an explanation but rarely get one that makes any sense.
How do I keep my team motivated and productive even though it seems like they are not being compensated properly? And how do I deliver the news of their raise even though I completely disagree with it?
I apologize for the length of the post. Sometimes my "work" side of the brain never seems to sleep. That and I am questioning my validity of being a manager.
I appreciate any feedback that will help me considering I have 4 more reviews to go....