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Of End Year Bonus 

Hello to the great nation in a great continent? I know most employees will hate me for such a post especially after the recently read country budget and checking the tax they are being deducted by KRA and even worse with a fine they have to pay for delaying to file their returns. 

Lets delve into investments for a minute. Now the basic hard fact is that most people who work so hard are paid lesser as compared to their counterparts in the top cream positions. Even though we complain of how low the pay is, we still strive to make sure we work harder to help the company achieve more and INCREASE our end of year BONUS.

I want to strike a middle ground for both the employer and the employee on this post so that in the end we are all smiling to the bank at the end of the year. 

Just like relationships and good governance, for an organization to thrive there should be high level transparency. Let the employers lay it candid and let workers know how much their efforts are bringing in as income and profit. Most employees think they play a very important role and bring alot of income to the organization and this is certified by the mere fact that there are bonuses at the end of the year, well at times this might not be true as some employers are just philanthropic (do philanthropic bosses even exist?)

I have just come to think of it, what if we all shared the happy times and got troubled together during the low turn over days? This can only be achieved by giving employees a share of the total company income. This means that for every penny that hits the company account each employee has a say on it. Does this mean more powers have been given to the employee? Actually no and NOT AT ALL. The share does not have to be 50-50 but just a reasonable percentage like lets say 35-65 or something close to that. Then within this 35% divide according to hierarchy or better still let them share equally. 


Now think of it this way, this actually means that the more the employee puts in more effort the more they earn should something go wrong then both them and the boss undergo a low income period. 

Being at the top at times is very challenging, you have to make decisions knowing you bear the top responsibility for them and at times your social class prohibits you from consulting your juniours. But with this kind of model, the employees are your fellow stakeholders in the company and therefore there is a pool of intellectual and strategic resources from the team and with this, in rare cases will the company lose out. 


As for the employee this will easen the Boss-Subject relations and perhaps make it even better since at no given point will the boss make a decision that when it goes you are blamed for being unproductive. Also this will help you stay more geared on the organizational missions and visions as everything is done in unison and its easier to track who exactly is not delivering and changes can be made in due time. 


All said and done, this will remain the employees wish for some time since our country’s economic maturity is still slightly below average for this to be achieved. Secondly the private sector is made of individuals who are too afraid to try out new models and reforms. I will close with a Congolese proverb; A SINGLE BRACELET DOES NOT JINGLE.

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HOW AFRICAN?

In 1975, probably at a time when there was no respect for the black man as it is now, Arthur Ashe became the first black man ever to win Wimbledon, the most coveted championship in Tennis after defeating the heavily favoured Jimmy Connors.

Probably this might not make sense since some of us are not into sports and specifically Tennis isn’t there cup of coffee. But here is the most amazing thing, the black man proved that he too can.

In this day and time there are a couple of African now participating and even taking the lead in the Wimbledon Championship.

That aside the main element is how African are you? From Ashe’s win 41 years is a clear indication that anyone can go against their own personal odds. The power is within us and only us can change the situation. Saghguru, a yogi and visionary humanitarian once said, The only way out is to discover your inside. 

We often get it wrong because we spend most of the time focusing on the negatives about society and life in general. Roses too have thorns but subtly only the roses are focused upon and not the thorns. We often complain of bad leadership on the continent but what if we complemented them of the good things they do? They would change because reality will hit them that not only do we wait to focus on their mistakes but actually evaluate their scorecard both poaitively and negatively.

As this month begins, marking the onset of the second half of the year, lets choose to be positive, lets focus on the bright side of things and not be saddistic on every aspect. Illuminate other people’s days and it will help them go a little further, in the end they will also reciprocate that.

There is power in being AFRICAN, lets embrace. Till my next piece, lets make the continent PROUD.