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If You are an Employee Your Right to Complain is Limited

It has been way too long since I got some emotions out on this blog.  It took a lot out of me but I purposefully kept away from the election topic (other than some arguing on twitter) because I was so disillusioned with the two candidates.  But with recent stories like

I have been hearing way too much of the employee-mindset bitching and complaining to keep quiet anymore.

When you don’t own the company your opinion may mean jack shit; that is the risk you take when you have that job.  I think it is a mindset I just don’t have and can’t seem to understand.

  • If you don’t want to work on thanksgiving, quit.  If you knew they were going to make you work did you start looking for a new job months ago?
  • The fact that Papa John’s owner has a 40K square foot house literally means nothing to me.  He built an empire worth approximately $240,000,000 and if he doesn’t want to share it…he doesn’t have to.  Last time I checked we are still in America people.
  • Similarly, I could care less that the executives received bonuses.  I see that as a separate issue, executive compensation for the most part is taken care of by the Board of Directors which is voted on by the shareholders.  This is a shareholder-fraud issue if you ask me.  There is no way that an extra few million is going to make any type of difference in the scheme of things.

Should a boss or executive ignore anyone in the company? No. But can they? 100%.   I am not sure if it is innate in me, or if it is because of my parents or who my friends are but I can’t possibly even begin to understand the other side of the argument.  “It isn’t fair” is not a proper response.  There is no saying, “Life is fair.”

If/When I start my own business would I buy an extra boat before providing a 401(k) match to my employees? No, but is that my right?  What is the difference here? Is it just because the companies employ more than a handful?

I have two bosses, both awesome guys, who seem to generally want my opinion on business planning matters.  I have the ability to participate in management meetings multiple times a year, but I don’t think that same courtesy extends to everyone and anyone in the office (nor should it).

Similarly, when I worked for Vitamin Shoppe during college do you think I had *any* say in any of my benefits? Not a chance.  When I was a law clerk during law school do you think anyone said, “Evan, what do you think about our bonuses? You think they are ‘fair’?

If you hate your job step up and doing something about it.

  • Get your resume together
  • Apply for a ton of other jobs even if they aren’t perfect
  • Start figuring out if you can build something on the side
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Evan is the owner of My Journey to Millions which was started to track his journey from a broke debt ridden law school graduate to building a balance sheet that would make most proud.  He has been married for 4 years and is the father of an awesome 2 year old boy.  Need more Evan? Follow him on Twitter, Contact him or get new posts directly to your email


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