Would You Rather Be Mr. Kiba or Mr. Ijay?

Gbemisola Afolabi Written by Gbemisola Afolabi · 1 min read >

Let me tell you about Mr. Kiba – He is a general manager at a bank who lived in the highbrow area of Ikoyi, the most expensive city in Lagos. He had several domestics staff at his beck and call, He lacked sympathy, was condescending towards his domestic staff, especially his driver, Samuel. Mr. Kiba used them as mere tools and constantly reminded them of how replaceable they were. When he was upset, he would yell at the top of his lungs;

   “This stupid man! That is why you are only a mere driver because you never use your common sense; I will change you like I have changed others. 

How inhumane!! How does Mr. Kiba believe he can succeed? He couldn’t even keep a driver for a long time because of his unethical behavior. 

Mr. Ijay, on the other hand, was Yusuf’s oga. When they were attacked, Yusuf was willing to lay down his life for his boss.

“I would rather die than have you kill my oga,” Yusuf said to the robbersThe robbers were so moved by Yusuf’s actions that they told Mr. Ijay

“Go, you are a good man; your driver has saved you.”

 Mr. Kiba exhibited several unethical behaviors, and as a result, he was unable to keep a driver. It’s safe to assume that each of the drivers couldn’t stand Mr. Kiba’s condescending attitude, how he overworked and underpaid each of them, and how he made them feel disposable. They couldn’t have tolerated being disrespected, and it’s also possible that he couldn’t stand it when they made mistakes and fired each driver out of rage.

As an employer, you must always treat your employees with dignity and respect. Regardless of status, a standard of fairness in dealing with employees should be maintained. If Mr. Kiba continues to be unethical with his domestic staff, he will undoubtedly replace them, and in the long run, he will not have a loyal and committed driver, and he will have a bad reputation amongst drivers, which will eventually dent his image in the bank as news spreads like wildfire.

The adage “Treat others how you want to be treated” should be what guides an individual in the way he treats others

     On the other hand, Mr. Ijay’s driver loved him so much that he was willing to die for him when the rubbers attacked. When an employee is treated with value and dignity, fairly, respected, and adequately compensated, as well as given the freedom to add value, welcoming and even appreciating such contributions, such employee will be loyal to his job and willing to give it they’re all. All of these ethical behaviors contribute to the well-being of the workplace and encourage positive output among employees.


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