Con demasiada frecuencia, la ecuación del empleo tiene dos lados: empleadores y empleados. Siempre habrá una lucha entre la remuneración y la contribución y la percepción contra la realidad.

Después de que cumplí mi servicio nacional en el ejército, de repente me encontré en la transitada carretera de buscar empleo en la peor recesión económica que enfrentamos. No fue fácil, especialmente después de haber tenido puertas cerradas en mi cara durante numerosas entrevistas de trabajo día y noche, con cientos de cartas de solicitud enviadas, a menudo sin resultados.

Afortunadamente, obtuve un trabajo de laboratorio trabajando desde cero. Probablemente costaba alrededor de US $ 300 / mes, posiblemente muy por debajo de los salarios dignos, pero estaba tremendamente feliz de tener un trabajo.
As a young career man, I was very motivated and hardworking, and put in extra effort because I did not have college credentials then. I could very confidently and proudly say that I deserved every cent of my wages, and more. My contributions to each of those jobs were way above the performance indicators my bosses set, and surpassed many of them. I did not ask for more wages than I deserved, and I trusted my bosses to do what they could, when they could. Most of those bosses I worked for were people I respected and even admired, and they gave me raises when the time was right, and when they could. I appreciated all that they have done for me, not just wages, but the learning and work experiences I gained.

Increasingly, perhaps due to the artificially inflated cost of living, some people are becoming more demanding. Some employees, including fresh graduates with no proven field experience, have begun to expect unrealistic wages, and when employed, unrealistic promotions and raises. One of the common complaints I have heard is, “My expenses are so high, and my boss is paying me peanuts!”

Some young people have no ears to hear from their employers’ perspectives – that perhaps the young ones have much to learn, little to show for, and lots more character shaping to do. These would fall on deaf ears. It is easy to go online, on forums or social media channels, or even sit in a cafe in the city, to hear the droning echoes of the same boring and meaningless complaints of some of these employees. The time they spend on complaining to each other could have been used to contribute back to their work with real results to show for, and to improve themselves attending courses or self-paced learning.

Los gastos de una persona son en gran medida suyos. Los gastos no tienen nada que ver con lo que una persona merece que se le pague. Cuánto merece una persona que se le pague depende de lo que la persona traiga a la mesa a la organización a la que sirve. Una empresa es una entidad compleja con muchos gastos, y sería ingenuo imaginar que una empresa será sostenible si cada empleado solo realiza una cantidad equitativa de trabajo, especialmente el trabajo que no genera ganancias en las inversiones o mayores ingresos. Se necesita que un empleado intente administrar su propio negocio para descubrir qué tan complejo, qué tanto dolor de cabeza, qué tan estresante y cuánto más duro tiene que trabajar cuando hace su propio negocio. Lo sé, he estado allí y he hecho eso.

Complaints are at best the evidence of a lack of fortitude and enthusiasm for life, and at worst, a reflection of an utterly defeated shadow of a human being. We choose what we want to achieve in our lives. We choose what we deserve, when the time and situations are ripe. Time is a fixed commodity for each of us. We make the best of what is fixed for us. Some of us have more challenges to surmount, and it is our journeys to conquer. May you have a blessed journey of strength and perseverance.

Dr Seamus Phan es el director de tecnología y jefe de contenido de McGallen & Bolden. Es experto en tecnología, estrategia, branding, marketing, capacitación en liderazgo y manejo de crisis. Este artículo puede aparecer simultáneamente en su blog. Conectarse LinkedIn. © 1984-2020 Seamus Phan et al. Todos los derechos reservados.