Thursday, March 31, 2011
I was reading a blog post that was yet another list of what successful entrepreneurs do and don't do. One item on the list struck a cord with me. The author said don't tell people you are tired of making money for other people, he believes that if you're getting paid you have no right to complain and that you need to get over yourself because nothing you do is integral to the company. Quite a few of the replies agreed.
This is exactly the kind of employee / employer disconnect I am addressing in this post. I am trying to start two businesses and one of the reasons is I'm tired of working for millionaires, helping them get richer, while I barely make it. I think that's valid.
I hear employers complain about how people don't have the same work ethic they use to, people just show up and do the job, there is no longer any employee loyalty. My response to that is this: back in the day when people were more loyal, employers were more loyal as well, employees use to work full time, get health benefits, get sick days, get paid holidays, get vacations. What do they get now? Minimum wage jobs with no extra benefits, where they are expected to do 40 hours of work in a 20 hour week.
Many employers will reply they can't afford to offer those benefits anymore, if they did they would go bankrupt; yet I see companies making record profits, CEO's making millions of dollars. Seems to me a lot of companies are doing fine. I know many are not doing fine, maybe that is an indication they need to change up the way they conduct their business. My question is, how can you afford not to offer these benefits to your employees? I believe you get what you pay for. I believe if you have happy employees you will have happy customers. In today's world I believe the only thing that is going to make you stand out among the competition is excellence, this includes excellence in customer service which is directly related to your employees.
Employers, show some employee loyalty and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.