It is not (always) about the money!


Jessie J’s song, Price Tag, highlights a clear message…it is not about the money!

Well, at least not the only reason for some employees to stick to a company, but in some cases, the rapport with their bosses does matter too. Contrary to general belief, it isn’t just money, status or power that keeps an employee committed and satisfied.  I’m not expecting a huge number of ‘amen’ on this, but it does make a sensible argument :).

An interesting read that caught my eye on and made me contemplate…. “What managers do, how they behave, what they say and more importantly how they say it affects employees’ attitudes about their jobs and the organization as a whole. Employees who are unhappy and dissatisfied with their immediate supervisors are less likely to identify with the organization’s vision and more likely to be absent or to resign” – CMD, Dale Carnegie Training School

Yes we all need jobs to support our family and we all need money to spend, hence leaving a job requires deep thought than action….and yes we all need to understand that our bosses have their own level of pressures too, yet it wouldn’t hurt anyone but rather uplifts if a fairly hard-working employee get some occasional ‘pat in the back’, yes? It won’t harm too if the ‘job well-done’ compliment comes with a ‘dough’ (wink)!

I think it is more than just a cliché that people leave bosses and not companies.  One CEO from a super-power organization once said, “The people (employees) is our company’s greatest asset”. If this is so, then due attention should be demonstrated.  I am not an expert nor specializes in human thinking, but in general, ‘a good speech maybe promising but it would really be nice to be backed up by a substance as well”, don’t you think? ’.

I once worked for a European company in UAE managed by a European couple, whom I directly reported to. My bosses were gems.  They trained me well and their trust boosted my self-confidence.  Being an Asian, yet they made me feel I was a significant member of the team and valued my input. In return, my labour reflected my gratitude. They were not perfect nor was I; they were just simply good bosses who, gave me a fair opportunity to improve and to grow as an employee. If they weren’t retiring, I would have not left. How was the pay, one may ask? It was fair and square, but the joy of going to work every day was priceless! What was my point? That despite my bosses ‘own pressure’ from their own superiors, they still chose to treat their subordinates justly.

I may become a boss one day (wow! – don’t judge me, it’s free to dream 🙂 ), I pray that I may be able to lead wisely. Hence in conclusion, being ‘a virtuous boss’ is a choice, not just a strand in one’s imagination!

Acknowledgement: pixshark for the photo


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