Corporate dog chasing it’s own tail

Should you get promoted to what you are expected to do at work? Or should your promotion follow the increased amount of work that you’ve been doing (if anyone happens to notice)?
If you are to be promoted based on the fact that you’ve increased your responsibilities, what does that mean? It means that for a moment there will be a gap on how much effort you put in, how much risk you are taking and the level of your compensation. You will basically stick your neck out a little, and you’ll be hoping that you won’t step on someone’s toes and that someone will see you stretching that neck of yours and say “you know what? I’ve started seeing that you’ve been doing a lot more than is expected of you, here’s some more money and recognition.” There is of course the chance that everyone around you is too dense to notice you and all your efforts will go unrecognized. At that moment you either push your neck down a bit or you find some sort of internal reward for your extra effort.What does this model of thinking say about the corporation or company you work for? It says “show us that we can trust you and we’ll trust you.”
If, on the other hand, you are promoted first and then expected to fulfill the duties of your new position, what does that mean? It is basically your superiors saying, “we will trust you, show us what you’re capable of.” But maybe you don’t want to be trusted? Maybe you don’t want more risk or feel that you’re ready for more responsibilities. But your boss came up to you one day and said, “I see potential in you, do you want more responsibilities?” Even if you’re scared, would you reject the chance to move forward in the company? It’s a lot of stress that may not be welcome. But imagine a corporate culture like that? A culture where instead of waiting a long time for growth, it reaches for it.Most companies want growth. They want to make more money, sell more products, have more offices. But most people forget that a company is made up of individual employees. There is no “company” entity (except on the tax forms), there is a collective of employees. The growth of each individual employee is the growth of the company. When the culture is “lets wait to see who’s a go-getter,” the growth of the employee collective is slow and safe. When the culture is “lets see if that person can handle more responsibility,” the growth of the employee collective is faster and riskier. And also, there’s no gap where employees are working more than they are getting paid.Why do I find that so important? Besides the fact that being paid what you are worth as fair, I find that when you are not paid what you are worth, it turns harmful. It’s harmful on an individual level due build up of bitterness and resignation. But it’s also harmful socially. One of the most destructive ideas to plague human thought is the ideology of communism. Millions of people suffered and are still suffering due to the practice of Communism. The source of communism is a collection of bitter and resigned people who directed their anger towards their superiors and those superiors passed that bitterness and anger to the top towards the leaders and owners of companies and corporations.The seed of communism came from the idea “my boss is reaping all the benefits of my hard work.” The seed of communism was that gap that exists still to this day where people are not reimbursed fairly for their efforts.
So to summarize, I think my boss should give me more money for all the extra hard work I do. THEN he should give me even MORE money for further responsibilities he can trust me with. Because I’m awesome, and he knows it.


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