I was sitting in the cafe I regularly frequent, and observed yet another fascinating exchange between a boss of a recruitment firm, and a candidate.
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We are not talking about actual suicide obviously, but the situation where an employee threatens to quit on you for no good reason. What should leaders do?
I failed my junior college and went through national service in the army, and came out to the market after service, to face the worst recession in the 1980s. Unemployment was my daily reflection.
The Rōnin (浪人, or wanderer) describes a samurai with no lord during the feudal period of Japan which lasted till the 19th century. Some of you may have heard of the tale of the 47 Rōnin, or have visited the shrine museum at Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺). The Rōnin enjoyed no perks or fixed stipends, and had to fend for themselves. It would seem pointless to be a Rōnin, right? Not so fast.
A fair pay for a fair day’s labor, as they say. If you are paid a certain remuneration, it is equitable to how much effort you put in, and how much results you yield for the company.