Can your boss stand up for you/ defend you in case of a crisis?
Long post alert. My true story. I hope someone is inspired.
It is very important for every employee to be loyal to their bosses and most importantly, to gain their trust. And before I get misquoted, for one to hold top positions in a company, you don’t need sexual passes. Just loyalty and trust.
Sometime back, I was working in a company where I held the senior most position after the managing director. And I ran the company single-handedly as though it was mine. I managed over 500 employees. My dedication, he and his closest friends acknowledged. And therefore, I always trust God to open doors whenever I am running my own enterprise.
There came a crisis that hit one of our corporate clients, who had over 350 employees under his care. When our client became financially incapacitated, this meant that our company had to use the reserves we had to cater for salaries which were over 4M for almost three months, totaling to 12M plus.
This unforeseen financial burden almost saw the company of over 500 employees crippled. You know Kenyans and incitement? That is now where we were headed. In fact, had these employees gotten a chance to stone me, then they would have. They believed that since I was the most closest person to the director and that he always referred them to me for any equerries, then I knew where and when to get their salary.
Actually, this was a very tough time for me, as an admin and accountant because I had suppliers, service providers and employees to deal with. I would get home and cry in the middle of the night. My then boyfriend would call to console me, why? The messages I was receiving from my colleagues. Huyu amefungiwa nyumba. The other one, they had no food. Others, their wives would call kusema hubby wake ametoroka and hasn’t left food in the house. Things were tough.
Whoa, rumors started spreading that I had received some money from our client and squandered their salary without the knowledge of the director. The rage that some (about 15) of the employees visited the office with, only God knows. Luckily, for this particular day, I was out of office on an official assignment and our director was in; and after listening to all their complaints and allegations, he actually defended me. He calmed them down and explained to them how money is received in the office; as well as how every penny is accounted for. He also mentioned the criteria we had used to pay salaries, therefore no need to fault me.
After a few hours, I was back into the office and I passed a very calm crowd at the entrance of the building. No one would think that they are the people who had come to “ remove” me out of office. Surprisingly, the same lot, kept calling me thereafter to help them get salary advance, haha, but we all know the range of a vindicated woman.
The moral of this story is to guide each one of us maintain high standards of integrity at their place of work. This will help you even when you get out there into the world. I remember when I left the organization, my director’s friends called me with all praises, how they loved my attitude towards work and my level of integrity as matters regards manipulation is involved. Some actually offered me job opportunities’ in their firms, but I declined since I had other interests to pursue. Some even offered to increase my salary.
Did I tell you that I used to run the office single handedly? Did I tell you that the Director never knew how much was in his bank accounts? He simply never knew how much money was running in his account because he had solely entrusted me to run the business, from income, debt collection, to the most concrete and also the simplest form of expenditure, his house rent.
I had gained an amount of trust, such that, no contract as simple as hire purchase or any other investment, could be signed in my absentia. In most cases, he could deliberately travel and tell wannabes that he has given me the mandate to act on his behalf. He trusted my leadership qualities. I had built a level of trust which was unshaken and my departure was tears for him. Have you ever seen a lion break down? That was him. But a time had already come for my departure. When I was there, I managed to raise his monthly income with over 483% ( four hundred and eighty three percent increase in income) and when I left, in less than 3 months of clients realizing that I had left, the sales declined with more than the same margin. It is also an important lesson to note that employees also play a very vital role in a company. Honestly, I did not incite any of them to leave.
I have only been employed in two companies ever since I started this journey. And my first boss, my ex-colleagues keep telling me that there is no meeting that is held, that he misses to quote my dedication. Every person he hires on the position I held, will always ask those he finds there, who is Everlyne; Because I am always his point of reference.
Those employed in my tenure still call me. They still wish I was with them. Whenever they go to that office and they are not satisfied with the service, they tell them off to their face, we wish madam Everlyne was still hear. She cared for all. In fact, they keep telling me, Madam kwenye ulienda, Mungu akufungulie milango utuite huko. Because of such words, I keep blessing the Lord. Na ndio mkitaka kuajiri secretaries, accountants, guards, technicians, etc please give me those recruitment opportunities.
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