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Employee work ethic in South African work setting

02 June 2014, 10:54
South African news is a constant stream of corruption ,protest and wage strikes ,so much so that some have joked striking is a south african national past time .It is unsettling that people have become so desensitised to the violent strikes that it is now perceiced as a social norm .There are many underlying factors that contribute these outbursts however little attention given to the more subtle emotions and thoughts not expressed by people yet manifests themselves in their work ethic and life views .This article will put forward a small portion of people in South African work settings.Your first job is a cause of great excitement and your initial salalry gives you a feeling of accomplishment  even if it is small because you have worked and earned your own money.This initial feeling of pride tends to fade as that starting salary it too small and overtime the freshness and mild euphoria you experience at first drains away over time .During the period i held my first job ,one of the people i worked with left suddenly after five years in employment and as far as i know works as a delivery man for a takeout business.His reasons being that he had a child who would start school the following year and i persume a general dissatification with his employment at the time .The man that came after him left his previous employment due to issues with employer and the fact that he was offered a higher wage however several months later he resigned ,(at the time i was no longer working with him) he confessed that he was overwhelmed by the work and his old boss had offered him his job back .For a period of time i was involved in volunteer work ,the employees their were friendly and appeared content with their work as many were long term employees ,the work was not devoid of tension however there was a sense of pride and cooperativeness regardless of whatever work issues they had.I was impressed by a woman who volunterily worked their for a short time while looking for employment she had decided to contructively make use of her time .While working for a certain business i saw a string of low wage workers enter and soon after leave employment unwilling to work for minium wage for a job without prospects .Those who had been there longer although earning a higher salary expressed a discontent for their work feeling that they were no more valued then those who where newly employed .They worked so they could get through the day and get their salary at the end of the month.Although money is a major factor ,people also want better working conditions ,they feel they are overworked and undervalued ,the longer people stay in a job that offers no forseable prospects the more dissatified they become and this attitude becomes apparent in their working enviroment and at home .For instance my own farther worked for many years and was gifted with a watch for his years of service ,before he retired a young woman fresh out of university with no experience became his boss and earned a higher salary despite the fact that not only was he doing his own job but had to be reponsible for his bosses work .A colleague told me a story of a man who along with many other people lost his job when the business went bankrupt,he did not recieve his final salary and lost his pension . These stories are common ,often people have to settle they complain and cry for better wages ,they talk but when it comes down to it they know that cannot leave because they need the job.This does not mean that employers are hateful money hungry people nor that they are unfair ,even employees admit that they take chances and take it easy at times .The relationships in the work place are important just as a employer will not praise an employee who does not want to work ,employees will express it in their work ethic and general attitude if they are unhappy with their situation .

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