• R. E. Maynard

A Valued Self Builds on Leading Qualities for a Businesses’ Profitability


A Valued Self Builds on Leading Qualities for a Businesses’ Profitability

The debate for livable wages has ignited a reality that now enlightens the self-awareness of a new generation of young adults. When I turned fifteen years old, I received my work permit and went into the fast food and restaurant industry. The minimum wage back when I was a child employee was $3.25 an hour. I used such pocket money to survive best able considering my circumstances as an underaged worker.


The cost of living has a true side in the debate for valued wages and now employees understand their self-worth these days. A business paying lower wages may suffer at the expense of less or no employees. Businesses paying a livable wage will prosper with a staff that invests in such committed opportunities. I do not feel sorry for any failing business led by defining principles for remaining unwilling to properly care for their employees’ needs over profit.


I think people are the proof for deciding against these tired old beliefs regarding unequal respects for dutiful services rendered. A janitor has an equal value to earn a livable wage as his manager and so forth. I hear businesses argue about the revolving door for resistive employees wise enough to follow the money trail. If a business pays $13.50 an hour and another pays more, then the loyalty is in the self-investment to live within a means.


The age of the indigent employees unable to find a means now hinges on a greater pool of graduates continually entering the job market each year. Uneducated people deserve an equal chance to survive in a life demanding the monitory means that lends to their stability. The proof of manufacturing jobs with real potentials exists and some opportunities favor the same old capitalist mindset that wealth is an earned right and deserving to the business owner’s interruption thereof.


The concept for livable wages has the potential to shut down businesses if a compromise does not change the relationship between owners and employees. Especially, how no one wants to see organizations fail and valued employment opportunities can bridge the divide. I must ponder if many owners consider less personal income as a means for leveling earning field for valued staff. I desire an income comparable to befit my invested commitment in a career worthy of my assets.


Now, I owe $174,000 dollars in educational loans and value my career path greatly. Being a desperate candidate for any role where an education applies to organizational change is a thing of the past. I know my continual growth has a great value, but when job creation leaves power over the market––candidates for employment seek other means. If a person brings values such as dependability, professionalism, respectability, presentability, and integrity—an opportunity must demand livable wages.


“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” ~ Plato


If a desirable employee decides to pursue other responsibilities and feels held back due to their demanded presence in an accomplished role, a defeating mindset likely becomes a reality. I think the failure falls on the organizational leaders for not supporting growth potentials. I have witnessed top succeeding employees leave an underpaying role without greater growth potentials. Employees desiring better workplace consideration from any leadership team willingly labeling disloyalty so to demand people remain ideal in roles for the sake of a business’s profits is a discouraging mindset to force on ambitious peers. These managing tactics are a common theme in understaffed cultures failing to see the bigger picture within a valued culture.


Maybe a compromise might fill these vacant jobs and businesses will see a spike in employment growth someday soon. I have experienced wage statistics equal to the same reported numbers from the mid 80s. Human Resource Departments argue a set wage and do not truly consider the outcome of families in need for more. How do you argue for a fair investment in your valued self? I have an idea that COVID-19 has brought livable wages to the forefront of a beginning debate.


Born a sincere capitalist who appreciates the awareness benefiting me as a valued entrepreneur, while being a professional receptive to philosophies and theories heightening my growth potentials. I stand confidently for opportunities garnering a person’s ability to raise a family and prosper. I really care less about some charts indicating the proof of a hefty bonus for some CEO who fails to succeed in a cultural reality failing his/her own foundation for successes.


“As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market making me do it” ~ Dan Price


Dan Price afforded his employees livable wages and took a great deal of heat for his brilliance. Leaders lead by greater examples and expect the ranks to lead as well. I had a conversation once with the Chief Operating Officer COO of a company about implementing leadership qualities into his workforce. I was a highly educated employee directed that the employees under the leadership team were not equal to leading qualities and unintelligible to such potentials. The idea that people cannot be a resource taught is an absurd example of leadership and integrity. The ego-centrist in his poor qualities left him ignorant and failing to achieve greater results in a struggling culture.


Knowing how to teach practical lessons in leadership qualities is an opportunity to succeed toward achieving possible livable wages. I see the potentials in people who show up daily. Self-value comes from a healthy dose of self-esteem fed by honest feedback and the growth as a result. Finding an employees’ learning capabilities for growth than instilling leading qualities favoring best outcomes. I fear the impractical nature of a doubter of his/her own cultured deniability may fuss over this debate for some time before realizing the truth is in the putting. Put the wealth of a business in the foundation that supports its successes, but I am a simple man leading my course for a career worthy of my own dreams.


It may take a great deal of communicating between workers and businesses seeking employment relationships. I am a small part of the solution for positive change, but I like to trust in the sincerity of humans above all else. If businesses want valued employees invested heartily, then I am willing to assume the ties that bind our reality may favor suitable changes sooner than later.


Losing respect for one another as valued resources is not the answer. Businesses need to have exceptional value as a profitable means too and for creating opportunities. Likewise, a strong desire to achieve prosperity must lead management and employees into a job market of far greater opportunities. I shall not bet on a quick fix for this serious problem in a job market seriously burdened by the realities reaching well within the current economy. If people’s wants are to fail an equal and suitable means to this end, then we will see further separation over principles held by businesses and those employees putting in daily efforts.


I can only hope for a sincere compromise leaving businesses profitable while their employees receive the wealth of a livable wage.


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