If you’re reading this, it means you are either wondering at the title of this blog post or you want an answer to get out of his worldwide condition.
Some startling stats I came across a couple of years ago said:
1. 80% of employees don’t think their job is fun (Reuters, 2007)
2. Only 50% of people are satisfied with their jobs (Conference Board, 2007)
3. 32% of all workers call in sick when they are not. (Harris, 2007)
4. Every year, 2.5 million people will quit their jobs (BOLS, 2007)
Just this morning, a young female graduate who got her first job in January 2014 and is currently in her 2nd job confessed saying, “Having a job doesn’t necessarily mean the job is what you want or you are happy in it“.
Today, in Nigeria, the work week begins right after a two-day public holiday for the Muslim festivities. The holiday was to the delight of many because they had escaped Monday. Howbeit, Wednesday (today) is a nightmare as several BBM personal messages read things like, “Gosh! Back to the earth“, “So there’s work tomorrow! Where are my socks, shoes, belt?” The PMs go on and on.
The question is, Why do people hate Monday?
Maybe they liked Wednesday before now, but they suddenly hated it because it had become the Monday of this week. Watch this space over the next four weeks as I share insights to help you overcome Monday Fever. You should tune in to listen to me LIVE on http://www.praiseworldradio.com/tune-in every Monday, 1pm (GMT +1) as I deal a blow to this sensitive matter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @Eshowtv and @davidadeleke. Search and use #MondayFever in your tweets and remember to mention @Eshowtv.
You will soon begin to thank God it’s Monday… just follow this conversation.
You are an Icon!
ONE THING TO NEVER FORGET!!!
Till you draw your very last breath, don’t you for one second forget this; don’t let it slip into forgetfulness; don’t relegate it to the backside of your mind. Keep it in front of your eyes, on your wrist and paste on your forehead. Convince yourself everyday and remind yourself of it.
YOU ARE AN ICON!
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Enjoy your Sunday massively!
You are an Icon!
Adeleke David (Mr. Effectiveness)
We started out some days ago by examining the problems with being an entrepreneur. Today we will conclude on that.
Problem Four: Employee Headache
For some days now, I’ve been writing episodes for Effectiveness on Radio, our weekly radio show airing on PraiseWorld Radio (an online radio) and I was forced to write three episodes on employee headache. Hiring becomes a problem when you don’t know how volatile a recruitment error can be and how lethal its effect can be on the company. Managing people is one of the many headaches that come with being an employer, and if you don’t have the shock absorbers for it, you can go bananas. People remain the number one most appreciable asset of any organization but they remain the number one headache of employers (especially when you hire wrongly). For small organizations, your hiring decisions are very important. One wrong hire out of two payroll staff is a 50% loss to the company and a capital down effect. Pls be guided.
Problem Five: Clients Problem
The next terrible set of people you will have to deal with will be clients. I’ve been burned a number of times, so I speak from a standpoint of experience. Many things can go wrong from default in payment agreements to unnecessary difficulty in relating with them and much more. As a rule, it is wise to back all verbal discussions with written and jointly signed documents. And be sure to honor your part of the agreement. Making assumptions on behalf of clients can be a terrible experience too, especially when your staff makes such assumptions on behalf of the company. Client feedback is also a great way to measure yourself but getting that feedback can be a herculean task as most clients do not want to fill forms.
These are just a few problems I have highlighted. My intention with this writing is not to discourage you from entrepreneurial pursuit but to affirm the validity of that pursuit. If you should be an entrepreneur, you must have been reading with a burning excitement and figuring out what went wrong sometime ago. If you read with a broken heart or got all the more confused as you read, chances are you don’t have the software of an entrepreneur in you. You are better off not venturing into the jungle; there are wild ferocious beasts at large.
So, if I am not an entrepreneur at heart and I don’t like having a job, what should I do? I’ll end this article with my answer to that. People in this category are often supporters. They are drawn to entrepreneurship but do not have the spirit of enterprise. They are usually the people who support the entrepreneur. Hey, find an entrepreneur with a vision you are crazy about and support him to the very end. Lay all the cards on the table from the very start; express your desires, expectations and reach a conclusion so that you don’t strain your working relationship later on. Every entrepreneur needs an avid supporter, an undefatigable helper, a trusted second-in-command. That I believe is where you fit into the whole picture.
And if you are not in any of the two categories I have spoken about, stay on your job or make a transition to another job that you will find more fulfilling and challenging. Whatever you do, make sure that you are doing the right thing always.
You are an Icon!
I am Adeleke David (Mr. Effectiveness)