The success of any business depends upon the hearty cooperation of the employee.
We have often heard that a corporation has no soul. A corporation probably has no soul but most of us forget that the officers of the corporation have souls and hearts, and in proportion as the individual at the head of a corporation or private enterprise treats his employes just so he will be repaid.
We are paid back what we pay out. If we are harsh and mean to others, ever suspicious, ever looking for evil motives, those who work for us will be suspicious of us and look for evil motives behind our every act.
The employer who shows consideration, cultivates respect and sets a good example will find it pays from a monetary standpoint, as well as in the satisfaction he has in knowing that he is doing the right thing.
Lincoln said “A house divided against itself must fall.” If the employes of an institution spend their time in wrangling and quarrelling, it means a divided house, and the house will certainly suffer.
Set a good example to your employee. Take them into your confidence. Recognize ability. Advance worthy ones, and you will find everyone from the office boy to the officer pulling on the rope in the same direction, and you will get full measure of ability from everyone who works for you.
It is impossible to suddenly get a perfect working force. A good organization comes through the process of evolution and elimination.
Whenever an employe does all he is hired to do and a little more, that employe is in a position to occupy a place of greater responsibility.
If an employe is a sluggard or a four-flusher, he may be sure these things will be found out and he cannot hope for advancement.
Employes should remember that the most successful institution is the one whose managers are developed from the rank and file. The best houses do not hire high class help from other concerns. The most successful men are those who started in at the bottom of the ladder, and by perseverance and pluck and aptitude they climbed the ladder until they reached the top.
Employee should remember that the most difficult problem the employer has to solve is that of good employes.
A small want ad in the metropolitan daily will bring an army of cheap help. The market is full of cheap help, but good employes that are worth over $2,000 a year are very scarce. The high priced employes are generally the best money makers of the institution, for they are selling their brains rather than their hands. The hands are limited, the brains are not.
Employes, there are golden opportunities before you. Disregard the clock. Bend your energies toward doing your work well. The advancement will be sure to follow.
The trouble with many employes is that their minds are filled with outside matters of a frivolous nature. In every large city there are thousands of dude employes, the kind who wear high collars, the kind who spend all their salary for clothes.
The dude employe stands in his own light. He wears a higher priced tie than the boss; he is immaculately neat; he looks like a fashion plate, but at the same time his tailor bill is not paid, he is owing money right and left. He spends his evenings in the cafes, and at odd moments during the day he dodges out to look over the racing form and smoke a cigaret.
This dude employe sits up late at night. He spends his salary, and more too, in the gay life. He is tired next morning when he comes down. The dude employe who wears a high collar is not the one that knuckles down to hard work. Perspiration and high collars do not go well together. The dude employe does not like perspiration, so he sees to it that he does not exert himself enough to perspire.
Employes should remember that very truthful axiom: “The employe who never does more than he is paid for is never paid for more than he does.”
The employe should remember that the boss takes large chances in hiring help, for there is not one employe out of ten that is a good investment. The employes should remember that it is necessary for the boss to make a good margin of profit on each employe, else he could not maintain his business.
Every employe who studies how much he can do is a help to an employer. Every employe who sees how little he can do is a hold-back to the institution.
Employee should remember that prosperity goes in cycles, that it is but three generations from shirt sleeve to shirt sleeve.
Over ninety per cent. of the bosses today started in and worked their way up from the ground. The young man who inherits a partnership in his father’s business really has a handicap on him, and is not as likely to succeed as an employe who starts in at the bottom of the ladder.
Employes should remember that responsibilities only come to those whose shoulders are broad enough to bear them, and when additional responsibility comes to an employe that employe should look upon the responsibility as a distinct advantage to him, for it gives him an opportunity to show the stuff he is made of.
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