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Fostering Professionalism: A peep into the relationships between employers and employees (cont’d) understand that it is not only impossible but equally insane for an employer to sacrifice his profit making business at the altar of developing a wonderful relationship with his employees by not disciplining them when they are wrong or going tough on them to produce the desired result by having the work done.  However, when an employer fails to reward a very hard working employee their relationship becomes strained depending on the circumstances and the attitude of the employer. For instance an employer who would rather reward a lazy employee by promoting same because that employee has a connection to some top government official or influential business man and in the case of a government parastatal because that employee is actually a relative to a key government official. In such a circumstance, the employer has destroyed whatever good and lasting relationship it might or could have built with the hardworking staff and in its stead has given birth to a monstrous relationship characterized by grudges and complaint.  The aggrieved hardworking employee would find it difficult to have a healthy relationship with the employer and trust me it happens in corporations irrespective of the size.

Another question that gripped me tightly and refuse to let go until I gave it some attention is ‘why do some employees like the lady above steal from their employers’  Her reason was simple as she said it was a way to punish him for sexually harassing her. Can you believe it?  Maybe once a thief always a thief and also a liar.  Although, sexual relations can brew between the employer and employee it might be permissible where both parties agree to partake in it. However, where the employer uses threat and intimidation to sexually harass his employee then in my opinion I would say he is destroying the interpersonal relationship that exists and replacing it with a more hostile emotion called hatred. He is also an example of a bad employer who deserves nothing but bad employees who would eventually run down his business. The examples or illustrations of bad employers and employees are innumerable, as I cannot go on about it.

What matters most in an employer and employee relationship is understanding on the part of the employer when the employee has personal issues such as family problems, understanding on the part of the employee when the employer has financial issues and cannot timeously fulfill the terms of the contract, trust on the part of the employee that the employer  would reward his/her hard work, the complete elimination of suspicion on the part of the employer, patience on the part of the employer to its employee, mutual respect and civility on the part of both the employers and employees,  loyalty on the part of the employee by not abusing the position of trust whatever that may be, this and many more would make an employer and employee  develop a long and lasting relationship and even when the employee has decided to move on by leaving that employment their relationship would remain cordial for all intents and purposes.


Fostering Professionalism: A peep into the relationships between employers and employees

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…