Once upon a time I heard the story of a lady who was a sales girl saddled with the enormous and delicate responsibility of accounting for the proceeds of sale but she blew that position of trust because she stole her employer’s money by diverting the money realized from the sales of goods to her pocket. Now this girl in question occupied a position of trust in the company but she could not leave up to her position due to her greed or vendetta against her employer.
This story provoked a wide range of thoughts in me as it relates to the employer and employee relationship. In our quest for jobs we don’t mind going an extra mile just to get that job and even when we get the job the first few months are heavenly, despite the initial inconveniences which we would deliberately refuse to see because we are caught up in the euphoria of perhaps earning more than we did in our previous jobs or ‘earning’ in the case of one who has never worked before. Now we begin our journey in our relationship with our employers, while some employers are great and are sensitive to the plight of their employees. Other employers are simply evil and are bent on exploiting their employees until the last drop of blood in the vein of the employee has been drained.
Good employers ensures that their staff well-being are adequately taken care of, they understand the benefits of rest for their employees because they know it would translate into value. A good employer is one that treats the staff the same way he/she would be liked to be treated. For instance talking politely to a staff rather than yelling at the staff, paying a staff for working overtime rather than feigning indifference as if it’s a right for the staff to work over time. You might wonder if employers actually do make staff work over time and not pay them, but it does happen as some staff are intimidated by the their employers into working overtime on a daily basis and are not been paid for that extra hours been put in by them. Now, while this type of treatment might be prominent in companies of small magnitude, large companies have a worst way of treating staff especially those staff in the marketing department in whom the responsibility of driving clients to patronize the business lies, especially where such big corporations are in a clear-cut throat competitive business. Employers! don’t get me wrong, because there’s nothing wrong in employing the best or the most effective person to manage your business or work for you after all, as Nigerians would say in local parlance ‘Na where man dey work na there he go chop’ My point is do not treat your employee like crap.
To be continued…