As the world gets more and more creative and advanced, more and more tasks are given to each employee at work. It’s only natural as the law of progression requires each individual to carry an increase in their personal burdens. Businesses around the world want their employees to be pound for pound better than the competition. This is perhaps the only way for bosses to increase productivity. There’s less waste and tighter control of each stage of progress that is needed to fulfil a product or services’ creation. As mentioned, this means there is added burden onto the employee. Now many small businesses will ask you to broaden your shoulders and take on the additional expenses out of your pocket. It could be chipping into a marketing campaign; it might even be just to help buy the office coffee machine. Larger businesses may not ask you to pay for the little things like that, but still, require you to spend your own money to able to function in the new environment. We’ve all heard of the type of stuff like paying for your own uniform and having the money taken out of your monthly pay; that type of thing. It doesn’t have to be one-way traffic; you can control your money that’s connected to your job.
The office desk
Working in an office is a love it or hate it kind of role. Some people cannot stand being cooped up in an office all day long, on the phone and typing away. Others don’t just not mind it but find it allows them to get the best out of their talents and put their mind to good use. However, if you work for a small business or even a medium-sized enterprise, the office supplies become an expenditure that is up the air. Up in the air in terms of who should be paying for it. Now common sense and or common practice would determine that the company supplies its workforce with the necessities for what it needs to get the job done that is asked of them. However, even in pop culture, we see when people clear out their desks they take ‘their stuff’ with them.
Say for example you’re compiling a report that needs to be done to a high standard. You’ll be buying a good quality folder, paper, higher standard of printer ink, and maybe personalize every copy in some way. This means you’re shelling out of your own pocket to get something done that is asked of you by the company. Some companies will have their own policy on reimbursement and a guide to claiming expenses which you should look through carefully. Use their standards to get back the money you’re owed. On the other hand, if they don’t have such a guide, then see if it’s okay to make your own list of expenses and bring it forth to your manager. Try to go about it in a gentle manner and don’t force the issue as you don’t want to seem like someone who won’t be a team player. Taking hits is part and parcel of being an employee of a business trying to grow.
A shady shaving
No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they think their employer is committing to indecent practices against them. Most people believe that someone who has made an effort to start their own business would make sure they attract and then secure the best talent they can find. Yet in this imagined moral image of our boss, we forget that they too are human. Human beings for the overwhelming part are incredibly morally-minded in the world of business. It’s just good sense not to cheat the very people who are working to make you money and make the business grow. But as the employee, you have every right to be treated with a professional hand at all times.
Getting shortchanged by an employer on a regular basis you do, is beyond reproach. To know they’re cutting your pay here and there for whatever grey area technicality or in the hopes you won’t notice is a criminal offence. When you have proof and are sure you are not getting the pay you’re owed, you have to contact an attorney for wage theft to take on your case. They will do the digging for you, looking at the records to correlate the hours you worked, any special occasions such as during holidays like Christmas, calculate any overtime and match this to the employment contract you signed. They can also uncover malpractices that you aren’t even aware of that could be costing you thousands of dollars over the course of the year. It’s a shame to admit, but unless you take this course of action, you may never get back the money you worked hard for and that you thought were receiving.
Many times a business will be forced to take upon new government legislation that requires either new or improved safety equipment and procedures. Of course, any business can make its own policy and set its own standards for these areas. However, more often than not, employees are made to pay for safety equipment out of their own paychecks. One does not have to take this lying down. Very prudently and with the correct tone, ask if you can buy your own equipment. By having more control over your own safety, you can actually buy equipment that not only works better for you but won’t cost as much as the company will cut from you.
Talking with your employer about the issue of not paying you what they should be is an awkward moment. Bringing up the issue might give the employer a reason to subtly find a way of either silence you through intimidation or just plain fire you. Either way, contact a legal professional to get the money you are owed before they have time to make excuses. Buying your own safety equipment will usually end up saving you money as most businesses will try to make their money back by offloading their fiscal dent onto employees. Office supplies may not seem expensive at all. But over the years they can add up to hundreds of dollars, so form an agreement to get your expenses paid by the company.