You get what you paid for?

Personally, I feel this comic would be funnier were it not an accurate portrayal of life. Does the definition of ‘good employee’ now start with “never expects to have his /her work recognized by a pay increase”?

A youth I knew a couple of years ago was very happy at his fast-food job. He had worked there 2 years, worked hard, and, told me, was told by his supervisor how much his commitment was valued.  Since I asked, he also told me he had never received a raise in 2 years.

By contrast, the fast food job I had in high school came with quarterly opportunities for performance review and potential raise. Thus, I was not only told my work was valued, I was paid like it.

If employers are making money, it seems to me employees are entitled (yes, I’ll use that word) to some reward too.

Empty words don’t offer much reward.

4 thoughts on “You get what you paid for?

  1. I’d be interested to see the comic you referenced.

    So, what if you have an employee who’s efforts are good and recognized but not in an area that makes you money? I know of very few churches with a paid person fully devoted to college ministry. Is that because it doesn’t necessarily bring in members or money? I know for most it is a geographic limitation (no need for a college minister if you aren’t near a college or university), but what about others?

    • Thanks, Dave. I’ve corrected the issue, and posted the comic.

      Your scenario, I think, would call for negotiation – which ability is hindered by the atmosphere created by the boss’s comment.

  2. A few thoughts:
    1. We live in an age were “productivity” is the issue. Everyone wants more for less. If we can get the job done with fewer employees, that’s good. If we can get the job done and pay our employees less, that’s good. I don’t see how this approach can work in the long run, given its demoralizing effect on those who work.
    2. Pay is not the only reward. But it is an important reward. Churches get around it by spiritualizing work and pretending only those whose motivations are less pure would be concerned with money. When the lectures to that effect tend to come from those at the top of the pay scale credibility is lacking.
    3. When I was the boss, I lamented the fact that the church didn’t have the budget/income to pay a living wage.

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