Undervalued and Frustrated with Your Work?

By Teboho Polanka

Photo by Tom Pumford on Unsplash
Photo by Tom Pumford on Unsplash

In today’s world, most of the organizations treat employees only as working machines rather than evaluating human beings as human beings. Frustration occurs when human values are not valued, when humans are only treated as revenue earning tools, when humans are considered only as resources.Andalib, Duran & Azizan in Frustration of Employees: Reasons, Dimensions and Resolving Techniques

A great deal of our time has been spent dealing with helping people get jobs. I mean issues of cover letters, CVs and the likes flooded our thoughts. We’ve dealt with issues of personal development.

We’ve dealt with issues of emotional intelligence and why it’s necessary. But we’ve never really looked into the issue of being undervalued, as is an experience of a great majority. Now let’s consider this fact.

Many in Lesotho, as in all other nations, work in occupations that demand a great deal of effort but offer little or no rewards at all. Majority are frustrated with their work. And I think, it’s only fair to then take some time to deal specifically with that.

Important as it is to be economically active, issues of dissatisfaction experienced by many can be detrimental to their well-being and that of others. For the most part, those who feel the sting the most are the women.

These jobs pay low wages, provide scant benefits, impose irregular hours, and take a toll on physical and emotional health. – OXFAM RESEARCH REPORT

Have you ever felt compelled to take a job that undervalues your education? Have you ever felt under-compensated for the work you do? Ever felt your job gets more of your physical and emotional energies for nothing?

Believe it or not, a great number of those employed are frustrated. Yes, every month end messages click for those with mobile banking. Yes, they’re able to live better lives versus their counterparts. But many live frustrated lives. I think that in a way explains the constant strikes by the employed. Why would anyone go on strike if all is well?

Normally, during this strikes, a given degree of violence is brought to light. Did I tell you that these are educated people, in most cases? Of course they are. They’ve had well written cover letters and CVs. They did all that was necessary to get to where they are. By that I mean, they rightly are entitled to complain. So it is only fair to ask, whether the “Go to school and get paid lots of money” was only mythical.

Education matters for access to better-paid jobs, but it’s not the whole story.

For a lot of organizations, people are seen as earning machines. Andalib et.al further posits that, human beings being working tools cannot avoid emotions and therefore, employees deal with their emotions in their working life as well, influenced by individual perceptions, ideologies, believes and concepts.