“There’s this support staff who keeps complaining that the pay is little. I negotiated for an increase and he got. He has started again. But when I tell him it’s okay he can leave he starts telling me how he is the only one who can manage maintaining the compound. What does this one want?
I have been standing this since 2015. Today I told him he is trying my patience.”

The above is a verbatim concern from a member of a WhatsApp group I belong to.

The issue of an adequate salary has never been settled conclusively by anyone. We all seem to want more than we earn. Because our needs progressively increase, we always pray for salary raises every so often.

A salary is one thing an employee and an employer will hardly agree on without a fight. While an employer would want to pay as little as possible, the employee will want to get as much as possible.

Every job should have a salary commensurate to the tasks assigned. The more the tasks, the more the salary. The longer a person stays on the job,the more salary he/she ought to get.

Every employee has an idea of how much pay they should get.They base this on their projected expenses rather than what the employer is willing to pay. Even one being interviewed will most likely tell you their starting salary despite not knowing the exact tasks they will be undertaking.

Because employers have alot of expenses to consider in their business(es),employees ought to consider these as they demand for more money. An employer has to clear all costs and expenses in addition to increasing stock by reinvesting profits in the business. Raising employee salaries is increasing the cost of operation which resultantly reduces profitability of a business.

If the business however is cumulatively making profits, it is right and fitting to similarly raise the salaries of employees from whose sweat these profits accrue.

Before any salary is increased, there should be proven added value an employee brings into the company/organisation/enterprise.

IF YOUR PRESENCE DOES NOT SIGNIFICANTLY ADD VALUE TO YOUR EMPLOYER, DON’T BOTHER ASKING FOR A SALARY RISE.

Jimmy Muhinda is A writer, speaker,agriculturalist, business entrepreneur and consultant

#SmallBusiness is #BigBusiness

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