Loss of freedom, limited income, little voice in the organization, discrimination and lack of work-life balance… these are only some of the major disadvantages grumbled by most employees. That is why most workers who are under the power of their employers become prone to diminishing motivation.
But I’ve been there in the employment arena. I’ve experienced and felt those drawbacks mentioned earlier. But I believe they aren’t that bad enough to discourage any employee. I tell you… it’s even more difficult if you will enter the world of business, entrepreneurship or self-employment.
Loss of freedom? Not really. There are many kinds of freedom, and one of them is financial freedom. With the fixed regular income of employees, they can always expect money every month or every two weeks. And if they work harder, they might even get bonuses and incentives from their happy bosses.
Limited income? That only happens if an employee will not do something to increase his or her market value. Employees can climb into higher positions through continuing education and through working harder to prove that they deserve to move up one notch from their current salary and position.
Little voice? Perhaps, it’s just your little confidence. The laws and the government protect the rights and privileges of all workers. When you need to speak out, and when you know you’re about to speak for the truth and justice, no one can really stop you but yourself.
Discrimination and favoritism? It happens everywhere, in the classroom, in some family homes, and in the whole society. Discrimination sounds awful, but it can be an opportunity for anyone to be challenged and do things better.
Lack of work-life balance? We are all susceptible to it, whether you’re an employee, a self-employed person or an unemployed one. Employees don’t work on Sundays, while your boss doesn’t stop thinking about his business all the time. We all actually have the time to enjoy a work-life balance. Lurking in Facebok, going out for gimmicks, and spending time on our hobbies – we all can do that. We just need to set our priorities. If you have a family to spend with great moments, you can just reduce your time lingering on Facebook or in night bars and instead offer that time to your loved ones.
It doesn’t mean you’re an employee… you’re just a follower. Employees can be leaders of their subordinates. More importantly, they can be leaders of themselves. Employers and managers may be leaders, but they also follow the people under their leadership. Actually, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a leader or a follower. What matters is you are doing a great job as a member. Remember that leaders and followers are all members.
Our nation and the world may experience unemployment problems. They said that business owners and entrepreneurs are the ones who can save us from these problems because they are the people who can create multiple jobs. Yes it’s true. But I also believe that employees have their own feat to save any economy from falling.
An employee may not be capable in creating multiple jobs for multiple employees. However, an employee can create the best single job and the best single employee in the world – yourself!
Be the best employee in the world. There are many employees in the world than employers. It only means that it is more challenging to be the best employee than to be the best employer… in the world.
Let this be an inspirational article or story for employees, as well as employers who want to help their workers become more inspired and more motivated than ever.
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