I know you have been very frustrated about the fuss over minimum wage and all that. Know what? Employees are frustrated with not being able to pay their bills. I know you’re probably saying, “Well if they can’t afford this or that they shouldn’t have it!” I don’t really think basic groceries should be considered a luxury. I don’t think toilet paper should really be classified as a luxury. I’m sorry, but I really don’t.
I have worked my ass off for years and keep getting told I don’t deserve a living wage. I don’t show enough initiative. Ahhhh…I remember that one oh so well…I was unable to speak to management for a week because I knew my words would be uncivil. I literally didn’t speak to them. I spoke to the other employees, but that was it. Finally when I knew I could hold it together for the most part, I managed to corner my HR manager for a meeting. He had been avoiding me for the whole day because he knew what was coming. I walked into his office and smacked down that review and just said, “THIS is bullshit!” He looked stunned. How dare I say bullshit in his office! I did and I dared to say a few other things as well. I told him they could say a lot of things about me but that was not one of them.
So employers, before you say stupid things like that to your employees, think twice. They are the ones who keep your business afloat. And before you say there is someone out there that wants that job, think again. Right now you can barely get people to work due to stimulus checks and getting paid extra for unemployment.
Treat your employees well. Speak kindly to them. And pay them well! They are what is keeping your business going and if it’s not running, you’re not making money. If you require a degree, pay them enough to pay off those student loans. They’ve gone in debt to earn that education to be able to do all the work you expect. You should have the common decency to pay them accordingly.
Do your part. Come to work and actually work. Quit giving all the other employees a bad name. Quit being jerks. Don’t ruin things for the rest of the people. They have families, themselves, pets and a whole lot of other reasons they need that job. And you acting a fool isn’t helping. You have a job to do. Go do it. It is that simple.
If you’re not getting paid enough, complain. But don’t wreak havoc on the whole workplace. People depend on those checks.
And be considerate in your workplace. Don’t do stupid and petty things like throw papertowels in toilets. Don’t flush sanitary napkins and tampons down toilets. Don’t shit on the floor. Yes, it has happened. Treat your workplace like you would your home. You stay there almost as long as you do home so show it some respect. And show your COWORKERS respect by acting like you weren’t raised in a barn and have some manners.
Be courteous at work. It’s fine to joke with your buddies there. But don’t be disrespectful. Even when you want to. Why? Because if it comes down to you (a peon) and a manager, whose side do you think someone will be on? Think about it. Is a moment of calling someone a name worth losing a job or being put on probation?
Also, employees, quit asking for something you don’t deserve. I’m sorry but if you don’t have a degree, you shouldn’t be getting the same salary as an employee with a degree unless you have many years of experience that add up to the same knowledge as their degree. That may sound harsh but it’s the truth. That person went through a lot to get that education. They invested a lot financially and time-wise. You can, too. But your expectation shouldn’t be that you get the same money because you didn’t do the same work. If you want more money, put in more effort of some sort. If you’re deserving, I am all for it and behind you all the way. But I don’t feel that you deserve it because you want it. Life doesn’t work that way. Ever. Learn it while you’re young because that fact will hit you over and over.
Now that I’ve complained about employers and employees, I am going to bed because I’ve got a busy day tomorrow. At my job. That doesn’t pay me enough.