In 2015 I looked up from my eighth floor desk and watched two window washers not ten feet away, but on the outside of the building.
My curiosity got the best of me and I said to a co-worker, “I wonder how much those guys make per hour?”
So I decided to find out.
I took a marker and on a large piece of paper I wrote the words, “How much money do you make per hour?”
I then walked over to the glass window and held the piece of paper up to the glass so it was right in front of the window washer worker, except that he was outside of the building eight stories up.
He looked at the paper and drew a number in the air.
By this time, my co-workers were watching me on the inside and the worker on the outside communicating.
When my co-workers asked what my new friend, the window washer had written in the air, I said, “$19.00 per hour. He makes $19.00 per hour.”
Immediately I knew this man and his associate, also on the hanging scaffolding were underpaid.
Though their skill is not overcomplicated, the place where they demonstrate their skill is, on the side of a building far above the ground and is essential, plus few people are willing to do it.
You may have a skill as well that seemingly is not overcomplicated, but is essential and few people are willing to do it.
And you need to be paid accordingly.
In 2018, do not underestimate your value to yourself nor to your organization or business.
You have a skill set…use it.
You have abilities…demonstrate them.
You have unique talents and a willingness to take on projects that others are hesitant to tackle…volunteer for the task.
Train your brain that you are a valuable asset to any organization, group or business that you belong to.
And market your skills so that your effort is reflected in your companies overall performance and your company will express their appreciation in a higher salary, wage per hour and other forms of compensation toward you.
Believe in yourself and others will also.