The workplace laws you need to abide by if you want a high salary

Tracy Luo July 8, 2015 3 mins read

In reality, your personal development is restricted by a number of workplace "laws". These include:

1) In order to achieve a high status within the company, you need to achieve something.

You can only obtain a higher salary once you've reached a higher position within your company; based on this, to get a high salary, you need to have been successful. And if you want to achieve this, you need to possess certain talents and put in a lot of hard work. Also, the efforts you make need to exceed those made by your rivals. Li Mingbo was able to progress from a simple employee to the president of the company within 12 years. How? Li would work 16 hours a day — this is equal to 24 working years.

2) You only get out what you put in.

Whether you work in a governmental body or in a company, almost all employers determine the position (and therefore, the salary) of their employees based upon the contributions and capabilities that the employees make. Obviously, if an employee has only worked in a company for a few months, it's impossible to judge just how capable they really are—also, it's unlikely that within such a short period of time, an employee will make any outstanding contributions to the company. Instead of complaining that you're paid in peanuts, it's much more worth your while to buckle down and work as hard as you can: by fulfilling your tasks and achieve great success, You can allow your colleagues and your boss to sense your true value, ensuring that, in the end, you'll end up with a good salary.

3) Your natural attributes decide your chance of survival.

Competitiveness within the workplace has reached a high level. Previously, workers would say if you slacked off for three days, then you'd start to fall behind. Now, if you slack off for one day, then you can find yourself bringing up the rear. Because of this, employees are now facing the question of how to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. Even if there's a thousand racehorses all galloping toward the same finishing line, there can only be one winner. That winner needs enough force if they want to surpass their rivals. If you're a recent graduate, then your qualifications, experience and connections will inevitably pale in comparison to those of your colleagues. Therefore, your only strength will be your motivation and drive. You must exploit these two strengths; as quantitative change leads to qualitative change, your hard work will eventually pay off and you'll no longer need to worry about your salary.

Although there may be certain distractions and detours on the path to achieving a higher salary, it's important to keep in mind that, if you want to make a mark, you need to carefully abide by the laws of the workplace. If you uphold the principle of "you can attain a high position through your achievements" and if you strive to succeed amongst the competition, making the best of the competitive environment, then your efforts will surely pay off. 

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Associate Director | Finance & Strategy Recruitment
tluo@morganmckinley.com