Have you ever considered your role as an employee? I would say that 80% of employees only consider their employer as this month’s paycheck, and have never (or very RARELY) have thought about their value-add to their employer. Are YOU worth the money to your employer? Or are you simply basing your pay on how many years you’ve been loyal and stuck with your company?
Newsflash: If you stay with the company for a few years but you spend half your day surfing the net, I would argue that you don’t “deserve” a raise for doing 50% of what you were supposed to do.
Here’s the current story of Fast Food Workers Demanding $15 Minimum Wage that triggered my rant.
Here’s some reflection questions you should ask yourself (and those workers demanding $15 minimum wage should ask):
- You demand a higher hourly wage. What have you done in added productivity and or key accomplishments that justifies this ask?
- Have you actually thought about how much you are generating in revenue for your employer per hour? Is it more than what they are paying you? If it’s not, then you risk getting fired, and for good reason.
- Are you actually working to the max of your ability/productivity on the job? Are you taking advantage of your employer through maxing the use of benefits, days off, stationary, all the little things? (If you are, then don’t complain about your employer “taking advantage” of you – it’s a 2-way street buddy)
- Fast Food company jobs who work front line are considered more entry-level positions. I have yet to hear of entrant level positions that are paid $15 an hour. Well, maybe if you are part of a union, but don’t get me started on how inefficient I think they are.
- Now, if you still believe entry-level jobs should be paid $15 an hour, please look at similar jobs. University level graduates are paid are similar starting wage for their first jobs. My first summer internship job during university paid $16 an hour. Employers invest in you a similar amount YOU invest in yourself. So if YOU haven’t done anything to improve your skill level I don’t think the facts justify for a higher minimum wage.
Always open to discussion and conversation. Leave a message on the blog if you would like to discuss. Rant over.