THANK YOU FOR PAYING MY SALARY.
In 2005, I worked for a software company in Lagos. And our MD was a very cerebral programmer. He was also highly connected and by extension, he secured very prominent projects for the company. Money was not the problem for a while until some corporate changes to some client sites affected our cash flow. Business dipped and monies did not come in as much anymore. It became a tussle getting paid our monthly wages. Owing salaries gradually became a norm.
One morning, staff were notified to go to Accounts to get their envelopes of payment for one of the months delayed. You can only imagine how excited we all were. We rushed to the office of Madam Accountant and as we queued to sign off our pay, staff were asking WHEN WILL WE GET OTHER MONTHS’ WAGES?
Madam Accountant blurted out and said ‘YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT EVEN GRATEFUL YOU ARE BEING PAID. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TOOK OGA TO GET THIS MONEY? INSTEAD OF US TO THANK HIM YOU ARE ASKING QUESTIONS!’
My subconscious nature of rebelling against injustice manifested immediately. I asked her ‘Madam, am I being favoured by being paid or am I being paid for work done?’
And that is the morale of this post.
THIS POST IS FOR EMPLOYERS OF LABOUR.
When you pay a staff, you are not doing them any favour. Provided you have hired a person, his wage is sacrosanct. Paying wages is not a function of choice. It is a function of contractual honour.
If a staff contract stipulates that he would be paid BASED ON WORK COMPLETED, then the power of being paid lies with the employee otherwise, all wages should be borne by you.
When we owe wages, we give staff ideas. They become thieves. They sabotage the system. They de-market our brand. They become negative ambassadors. We become wicked business people.
I have owed salaries before. In fact, I delayed wages long after the staff left my business. It lasted almost 2 years before I gathered the sums to pay them off. It was as tough as it could get BUT I DID NOT STOP COMMUNICATING WITH THEM UNTIL I PAID THEM. I ensured that I kept in touch and repeatedly apologized for delaying the payments. So you’d understand why they remained loyal and loving to my brand.
Do you cut people you owe off?
Do you blackmail them and make them feel they owe you a condition before they get paid?
Are you indifferent or insensitive or callous to the possibilities that the money you owe them is critical to some need in their lives?
Are you owing wages today?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO ABOUT THIS? Do it!!!
m a k t u b!!!