He never flashed his watch again.
one of the guys who works for me had a big crisis a few months ago - he basically wanted me to double his base salary and he threatened to quit if I didn't. since he is valuable, I worked at gettign him more money, espectially since he kept talking about how he needed it and he couldn't pay for what his family needed, etc. then, after we are done closing his new package, he showed me a video clip of his son on his computer. his son was playing in a very nice in ground pool, in the yard of a very nice villa. as I know this guy lives in an apartment, I asked it this was at his "club". no, this was his weekend house. if I had known he had a weekend house with an inground pool he might not have gotten the raise.[/quote] I don't think it's rational to make a decision to bump an employee's salary based upon how well he "apparently" is doing. Pay the guy what you deem him to be worth or watch him walk. If he's profitable, you can afford to pay him more. Of course you must balance the opportunity cost of hiring a cheaper, more profitable worker. It's business. I've always believed you don't begrudge another man his salary, even if he is an employee. Notwithstanding the above, the guy is an idiot for showing you the video immediately after securing the raise.