Have you ever wondered why you are employed?

No. It’s probably not because you are uniquely amazing. And it’s probably not because your employer is obliged to give you a job. With the exception of very few companies and entities, most employers do not exist for their employees. I would venture to say that most employers exist mainly to achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Solve some of society’s problems
  2. Serve a certain segment of society
  3. Make money.

Regardless what employers say, I think it is important for employees to bear this in mind: In most cases, employees are means to help employers achieve those objectives. That’s right. Most employers would treat employees well or have “enlightened” HR policies only if doing so would help them achieve those three objectives. If an employer is assured that they can achieve those three objectives without needing a single employee, then most employers would think nothing of firing every single employee.

In other words, unless an employee can prove to the employer that he can add more value to an employer than what the employer pays the employee, then there is absolutely no reason for the employer to employ the employee. More specifically, an employer employs an employee to help him solve his problems. So if you are an employee, and you cannot help your employer identify problems and help him solve those problems, then you yourself are a problem. If you are a problem, then why should the employer still continue to employ you?

The bigger the problems you can solve for your employer, the higher your position. The more problems you can solve for your employer, then the higher your salary. If you create problems for your employers, then expect to lose your job. If you just complain about problems, then you won’t be very employable.

So instead of seeing problems as something to be upset over, or to complain about, see problems as opportunities:

  • The company’s problems are opportunities to make improvements
  • Clients’ problems are opportunities for you to serve them
  • Your own problems are opportunities for you to improve
  • Colleagues’ problems are opportunities for you to support and work with them
  • Your superior’s problems are opportunities for you to actively solve their problems, shine and gain their confidence
  • Your competitors’ problems are opportunities for you to strengthen your position

No one owes you a living. No one is obliged to give you a job. So before you start complaining about your job, your pay, your employer, ask yourself whether you deserve to be employed and whether you are worth your salary. If you want to be gainfully employed, then actively find problems to solve. Create more value for your employer than what you hope to be paid. In other words, you want to be paid $10,000 a month, then you had better create $30,000 or more in value for your employer. Merely complaining and whining will get you no where.

So. If you want an amazing job with great pay, stop complaining. Stop focussing on yourself. Focus on your employer and your clients. Keep solving their problems. Keep creating value for them!

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