“If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys.” ~ Unknown

An employee’s rant: “my job is very stressful”, “my boss just doesn’t get it”, “I don’t get paid enough”, “that’s not my job”, “I did not sign up for this”, “I need this job, but I cannot take it anymore.”

An employer’s criticism: “they are too lazy”, “they are always late”, “show some professionalism”, “I know they can, but they just don’t”, “this company is full of incompetents.”

These are some of the complaints I hear on my forty minutes evening commute. Almost every day I hear people complaining how unrewarding and unsatisfying their jobs are. There are other people on the subway as well, the ones who appreciate their jobs and are content with what they do, but who remembers those things. The last thing that stays in our heads are the juicy gossips and the endless complaining.

An unhappy employee is not always a bad employee, but it does not take much time for them to become one. They might be doing their job right and meeting deadlines, but they can probably do more, and lack of reward and motivation is stopping them from becoming the office superstar.

This brings us to the question, what can employers do to keep their employees happy and motivated. To get loyal employees the employer has to be a good leader, motivating, appreciating and should pay them enough to stay and love their job. The driving force behind a good employee is not always a heavy paycheck, but money is nonetheless one of the most important factors. They need it to pay their bills, feed their families and go on a vacations. Companies should encourage and sponsor their employees to attend conferences, take job related courses and give exams to increase their credentials. These will not only help employees, but will also increase the company’s reputation and credibility.

What is there for the employers? If the employees are happy they go the extra mile to get the best results. For example, a social media manager who loves their job would setup Hootsuite and company email on their phone and will answer inquiries whenever possible even when they are off work. Or a project manager will go above and beyond to finish the projects and keep their team motivated to meet deadlines.

As for the employees the old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink” should be pinned on their board. They cannot do their work half-heartedly and expect a reward. They have to prove themselves at every given opportunity. An employer can inspire them, but cannot reward them until their work justifies the desired price tag.

So for the success of a business, employers and employees should compliment each other rather than clash and try to discredit. The loser of this rivalry will always be the organization.

I will end here with a conversation between a CFO and CEO I read a few days back on LinkedIn.

CFO: What happens if we invest in developing people & they leave us?

CEO: What happens if we don’t & they stay?

About The Author

Malik Velani
Co-Founder, Social Infinity

I am a social media and marketing enthusiastic, a food junkie and I love cricket, pool, bowling, golf and video games. I also like photography – though it is not one of my strongest points. I am also, kind of, maybe into reading – my favourite genres are comedy, suspense, and …. religion (hence, I am a regular on HuffPost Religion). My areas of expertise are; strategic planning, social media management, user engagement, digital marketing, and team management. Super excited about my journey with Social Infinity.

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