I almost forgot about this topic until recently when I had a chance to talk to someone who seem to embrace this concept. Some years ago (a long time ago actually), I tend to say this a lot. Whenever I would see co workers go the extra mile with their work, I would say "I'm not paid enough to do what you are doing." I would further say that if they want me to work harder, they have to pay me better. I have always been a good persuader so I get to influence a lot of people to share my opinion. It wasn't really hard to do because it seems to make sense. In fact I know a lot of people who keeps on using this as an excuse for not doing their best at work.
I can't remember when and how I turned a new leaf. I just found myself one day beginning to doubt the logic of this concept. I started looking around and found
that a lot of those who hang on to this mindset are losers, bitter and stuck up bottom feeders. A lot of them are angy because they can't seem to get a break despite their tenure. They tend to be overtaken by younger more determined individuals they call ass kissers. I'm glad I realized early enough that equal
work for equal pay doesn't work. That if one wants to succeed at work, one must be willing to invest some time and effort to show management that one is capable of taking on bigger responsibilities, more complex tasks and delivering better results.
When I became a manager responsible for identifying future managers, I would tend to look at work attitude before leadership aptitude. I'm just glad that they often go together.
So, what's the point Ed, you might ask. The point is a lot of people on the ground don't know this who would benefit a lot if they will be able to adjust their mindset about work and how to climb the career ladder. As managers who have experienced how to move up in the organization, we should communicate this with them.
Once, I attend a seminar and the speaker, shared her own experience of ascending her own career ladder. It helped that somebody told her, no one can promote you except yourself. And if your boss fails to notice, somebody else will. I agree.
This blog post received a lot of comments these last few days due to according some readers as its vagueness and inability of the writer to substantiate some of what's written. There are also those who seem to have been offended by my use of words. I apologize to those who felt mislead, slighted or offended by what I wrote here. It is never my intention to mislead, slight or offend people. I'm writing this addendum to further explain myself. I did not edit or delete any part of the original article because I want to give credence to those who shared their comments here. Please let me clarify my point about what I'm talking about here.
The intention of this post is to share my opinion on the subject matter based on my work experience and what I have observed in my 18 years in various companies starting from being a bus boy at a food court, a store clerk at 7-Eleven, moving up to become supervisor, manager and up to where I am now. The key point of this post is that if you limit your performance according to how you feel about your salary, you lose out. You lose out opportunity to show your real potential, you lose out to people who are probably less capable than you but has better attitude towards work. That is what I mean about being a loser. My intention is for readers to embrace the idea of going the extra mile at work as a strategy towards career success. It is also my intention to help managers communicate that this is the way to go towards career success.
This blog post is not about asking for salary increase to match your salary. If that would be the case the title should be "Equal Pay for Equal Work" Which I will gladly take up when the inspiration comes. Please don't get me wrong. I see nothing wrong about that, I have on a number of occasions approached my boss to ask for an increase.
This blog is not about unfair labor practice or people trapped in a bad company with bad compensation.I appreciate the amount of demoralization that can go with that. I've written about those things in the past and if you read back those articles you know how I feel about unfair labor practice.
This post is an opinion and not a rule. If rules have exceptions, my opinion most likely have more. So if you feel that this does not apply to you or your situation, you are probably right. Let me add that this entire blog is collection of my opinions. It's my personal journal that deals with my work. It's not an academic material to be used a reference, it's a set of opinions on various HR related matters for readers to consider.
Please take what you can from this blog post and if you find nothing that benefits you or you agree with, that's alright. We don't have to agree on everything. That makes blogosphere a great venue for discourse and sharing of opinion.
To those who call on me to not touch on topics I can't substantiate, I'll try not to but I can't promise.