If you are not ready to work don’t accept that offer

I have heard too many stories of unavailability at work in the past weeks, and it just annoys me. So I asked a friend, “what do companies pay for when they hire ?” She smiled and said “So I can get work done no ni” . It started a discussion and another friend said “my time and knowledge” 

What really do companies pay for when they hire? I’d say they pay for Availability and Performance. A dictionary defined availability as handiness: the quality of being at hand when needed and Performance as the action or process of performing a task or function. 

If I were an employer I would expect that my employees would be available, well unless we signed a contract that says otherwise, not only is their availability important, whatever tasks they are hired for should get attention too.

Why do people take advantage of employers? Especially the organisations that don’t have strict rules. If you get paid to work, show up and do your job. If you are not ready to work or you think the terms are not favourable can you please not accept the offer?

Even though Nigeria economy is on the decline and we see a lot of people take jobs because they need to make ends meet and not because its necessarily what they want to do. We all understand that, but my point is “If you earn his/her money (whatever amount it is you earn) you have a responsibility to deliver what he/she is paying you for” and if the terms of employement are not okay with you please don’t accept the offer. capisce?




Talent poaching is becoming a concern

I was on twitter this evening and I saw this message


It inspired my first post. In Nigeria, we are at war. Apart from the #YobeMassacre & #BornoMassacre war, we are at war for talent as coined by Steven Hankin (war for talent refers to an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees). Organisations with roles to fill hardly get a skilled hand to fill the role, when they eventually get one, a competitor is trying to poach him/her. In response to the tweet above, I don’t know if there is a solution.

If you have good hands, other people would be fascinated and would want them too, it’s just life. Poaching is not unethical and legally there is nothing one can do about it. The departure of a top-notch employee may be an indication of lack of a retention strategy in the company someone is being poached from. The only way forward is to take measures to limit the effect of poaching.

Truth is people rarely leave a job they see a future in or a job they enjoy, so if they are not enjoying their work be sure they will leave. People also leave organisations for financial reasons – if you are paying the industry rate then you should only match what they are being offered if the employee is worth it or if you think losing them to a competitor will cost too much.

Experts don’t want to be seen jumping from one job to the other but an organisation has to give them a good enough reason to stay I think the best protection against poaching is to make yourself an attractive employer- good compensation, ability to grow within the organisation and in their career, an exciting workplace, staff development plan etc…