No, I am not crazy but which company on earth would give you this kind of salary increment just because of rising inflation? Singaporeans seriously need to have their head checked and get a reality check.
Most Singaporeans do not understand the principle of ‘perception’ at work. In our workplaces, we tend to have an inflated ego of our own abilities and do not realize that how we perceive ourselves is different from what others perceive of us. We tend to overestimate our intelligence and manifest our contributions to the organization. These are general human fallacies, but I noticed that Singaporeans are never satisfied with their income, no matter how good it is. We always want higher pay as if it is our automatic rights, without linking the increment to performance. Come on, inflation is not a valid reason for pay hike. Only good performance and increased contribution to the company can warrant a pay rise that meets your expectation.
Most of us label ourselves as “kiasu” but in my opinion, I tend to think that we have an individualistic culture. This trait lead us to have strong tendency to rate our abilities and talents too highly. In my career, I have come across Singaporean ex-colleagues who left the company after being over-looked for promotions. Some of them felt that they have become key players in the organization and started to display the classic “indispensable employee symptoms”. They thought that they could hold the organization hostage and expected promotion as a given right after a period of time. What they don’t realize is that there is no such thing as being “an indispensable employee”.
As a solo player, you can never win an organization. Take Cristiano Ronaldo for example. Sure, he is a world class football player but as an individual, he can never win trophies on his own without the support of his team mates. If you are unhappy with your job, you can always quit but the organization will always find a direct replacement, sometimes at a lower cost. No matter what, the show will still go on for the employer and team will not stop functioning as a result of your departure.
The ideal salary is $6,000? Then you got to work like hell to prove that you are worth the money. There are taxi drivers earning this kind of income but they work long hours on the road. There is no such thing as simple and easy job that pays well, so any job that pays well would require much sacrifice and hard work.
Obviously, any job that pays well would come with higher expectations. So if you cannot consistently deliver in your job, you might be asked to go. An example would be the English Premier League where the football players and managers draw millions of dollars of salaries in the top tier clubs. But if the players or managers could not deliver trophies for these elite clubs, they would be sacked or sold off mercilessly. This is the reality of the society.
So far, I have never come across a Singaporean who question himself whether his pay should justify for a heavier workload. Therefore before you start to look for another job or request for a pay hike from your boss, ask yourself whether you are worth the money to take up larger responsibilities in the organization. This would save you from potential rejections, and disappointments. High time Singaporeans get a reality check!
SG Wealth Builder