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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Why we should not be loyal to employers

In a related blog post, I touched on a little about why I am not very loyal to a company or employer. The main reason why we should not be loyal to employers, is because most of them are not loyal to their employees. This applies, whether you work for a sole proprietor, an LLC, a small corporation, or a multinational corporation. An employer’s loyalties are going to lie mainly towards company owners (shareholders), board of directors, and to a lesser extent, the employer’s customers/clientele.

Most for-profit companies have as their main objective to earn a profit in the least amount of time and with the least expense. So it follows logically that most employers will want to pay employees just enough salary and benefits to keep the employee satisfied or “stuck” at his or her current position. Companies will almost never pay any employee what he or she is worth, in terms of labor and productivity. The employees at the bottom of the totem pole, are the ones whom work the hardest and receive the least amount of reward for their efforts. They end up getting the short end of the stick, since their pay and benefits are far less than those of their counterparts working as company executives. Sometimes a company executive’s bonus pay is far more than his or her annual pay!

As I said in the previous blog post, a job is just not guaranteed. If you are an employee-at-will, this means that you could come in one day for work and find out that you’ve been terminated or laid-off. Unless you have a binding employment contract with the company that you work for, they can let you go at any time and for almost any reason. Of course, most companies try and come up with a valid reason for firing an employee, just for added legal protection. But supervisors and H.R. departments may have pretexts for getting rid of an employee in some cases. Getting back to a company’s profits, if push comes to shove, and a company needs to cut costs, your job could be eliminated or outsourced to another state or outside the United States.

Also, you don’t want to be at the mercy of an asshole boss for your whole life. I happen to have some very nice bosses on my job, but other people aren’t so lucky. Others are subject to the mistreatment and personal prejudices of sociopath supervisors in their place of employment. Bosses like this try their best to manipulate you, since they know that you might have the mindset that you “really need your job”. Bully bosses might try and play psychology games with you or make you feel lower than a piece of dog shit. They derive a sick, twisted, sense of pleasure from putting others down in order to boost their own egos. So, why would I want to put my faith and trust in a job as a primary source of income?

I realize that most Americans, including myself, are somewhat dependent on a job. We may have a family to support and major debt to be paid off. So in most cases, a job is pretty much a lifeline. I am not a proponent of slackers. People should always put forth their best efforts and do what employers pay them to do. It should go without saying that if you have a job, do everything you can to keep it in the meantime. Hold on to your job until you are in a position to obtain a better paying job or maybe until you have attained a higher source of income than your current job pays you.

One of the beauties of the United States is that we live in a system of capitalism (or should I say crony capitalism). Everyone has the opportunity to get out there and hustle to become wealthy, without relying so heavily on a regular job. It can certainly be done. Many immigrants come to the United States and amass a fortune because of a combination of creativity, determination, brain power, and fearlessness. So, if they can do it, American citizens can certainly do it.

People need to get out of the mentality of entitlement and dependency. Some of us need to stop worrying about what we can get out of employers. Most people are more interested in which companies can pay them the most, give them the best benefits package, and the best retirement plan. We feel like an employer owes us something, when on the other side of the equation, the employer is absorbing most of the risk of providing people with jobs.

I really believe that you should slowly divest yourself of employment dependency. A job is more than just a means of making money:  It is also a learning experience as well as a temporary stepping stone to a better way of life. Think outside the box and start a small or home based business for your self. Hustle on the side, when you’re not on your day job and save your money. As long as you have a functioning brain, then you can make money on the side. We should never become complacent in our current financial situation and always be striving for financial independence. In this way, if you lose your job, then you can more easily pick up the pieces and move on with your life. 

Related posts:

Someone May be Holding A Grudge Against You, and You Don't Even Know It

People Are Poor Due to Mindset and Lack of Education

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