The other day while sitting at my desk at work, my cell phone rang. I looked at who was calling and thought, "Well, this is weird. I haven't talked to this person since I left my job in 2015."
Turns out she was being offered a job where i work and she called me to see how I like working there. But then it turned in to helping her figure out what her take home pay was going to be versus her current take home pay - because she couldn't figure it out and didn't understand some of the deductions. And low and behold, there I sat, figuring it all out for her. I even emailed her a spreadsheet.
In the middle of doing it, I kept thinking, "You need to be able to do this!" I tried explaining everything over the phone. She wasn't grasping it. I get it - numbers, calculations, math are my thing. I can do it my sleep. And she can do her job better than I could. I don't have that skillset.
But I should have made her do it. As a woman she needs to know how to do these things! I also told her she had the power to negotiate her pay and she should. Don't let them pay you at the lowest end of the pay scale. As women, we are not good at negotiating our pay. Don't accept a penny less than your experience is worth.
Did I do her any favors by doing all her calculations for her? She realized her take home pay wasn't going to be on par with what she thought it would be. But she didn't figure it out for herself either. I don't know the right answer.
My points are:
1) I look over every letter, number, line on my paycheck every payday and do all the math to make sure everything is 100% correct. Anal retentive? Maybe. But I know what everything means and I want to make sure every penny is going where it supposed to go.
2) Know how to calculate a job offer and how it compares to what your current take home is - not just the gross pay. While the gross pay of the position offered is $1,000 more per month than what she currently makes, her take home would be almost the same. That would have been shocking, right? I think so.