Yawn....and the ball will keep rolling. Talent will be spread thin as business expands because you just cannot teach experience - impossible to keep pace. And, raises become a necessary tool to retain that experience.
Cause and Effect. Raises are never GIVEN, they are earned - through your own actions or that of the enterprises ability to operate. Either way, whomever benefits, all was earned just by being an employee ONLY.
If you have a bad employee, then you have two distinct choices (actually three) - fire that employee, fire the employee that hired the bad one, or fire them both if that gets you to a place where you can rehire better people and feel a self gratification in ones earning potential or current rate.
I don't know what else to give this conversation but a stick and a dead horse.
"Captain standard operating procedure for decision making is to do what feels right to you at the time, and then to give logical sounding justifications for what you were already going to do anyway" -