Employees complain about flawed company rules and policies. They say that the company does not care for their employees. They whine about almost everything but mostly they whine about frozen salary increases, denied early retirement packages, and disregarded employee recognition, among others.
While those are valid concerns, and definitely cause inefficiency and low productivity, I look at everything from the point of view that an entrepreneur and an employee will always have motivations and concerns at odds. A capitalist does not think like a worker. A capitalist’s priorities disagree with that of the worker most of the time, if not always.
A worker or an employee’s focus is confined only to his current job and the challenges and difficulties it entails. A capitalist’s attention is geared to a more complex transaction – with the workers and employees, with its managers, with its business peers or partners, with its suppliers, with its competitors, and mostly with its customers. It is not as simple as a worker accomplishing his duties and responsibilities for the day.
Of course, the whole thing should be a give and take situation. The workers doing their part of the bargain. The employer also doing the same, have to give a larger part of the bargain for the bigger share of the gain. But when is it right to complain?
It is but right to empathize with unfair labor practices. But there has to be justification. Should a worker who does not perform his work dutifully, and makes excuses all the time, complain about injustice? Does an employee who goes to work only to play games and visit social networking sites, eating up a large portion of his working time, has a right to grumble? Will a supervisor or manager who has poor supervision of his subordinates and his work be justified of his nonchalance? It looks like these are benefits equivalent to those they demand or complain about.
A worker or an employee has the right to complain if he can prove he is performing his duties and responsibilities at par, or outstandingly. It insults rationality or common sense if a worker or an employee demands what he does not even deserve to the minimum. I am a believer of justice but I cannot sympathize with these whiners who only nitpicks most of the time and does not even have productive and effective yield for their jobs. They are very good at identifying what needs to be done but fails to check what they are doing. It gives one a reason to wonder about the whining.
To end this discourse, a worker or an employee simply has to do what he was assigned to do, and he has to produce results. When the time comes he has to prove himself worthy of the benefits he so desires, it will be effortless. Proving something not existent can become one’s doom, and bring him to an unforgettable shame.