#TieThursday


25
Apr 2019
Profiting From The Company

There is a popular saying – where you work is where you eat. Is this the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Or does this statement mean something else, a hidden lie, maybe? Funke is in charge of diesel in her company. She has made a deal with the diesel suppliers to mark up their price before supplying the company. The mark up is later transferred to her account once the company has paid the supplier. Tunde on the other hand does not inflate the price of the diesel. He submits the quote to the company......

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Compromise Or Con Promise

Compromise Or Con Promise

An employment letter spells out the terms and conditions of work to the employee. A staff handbook whether written or unwritten also spells out the expected behaviour of the employer and obligations of the employer and what should be obtainable from both parties. Compromise – To accept that you will reduce your demands or change your opinion in order to reach an agreement with someone. Con – to make someone believe something false usually so that that person will give you their money or possession. Promise – a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified....


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5 Things You Must Never Do at Work – Words Edition

5 Things You Must Never Do at Work – Words Edition

Words, words, words! These 4 letters have shaped the world (literally) and continue to create our reality. So why do we use them so carelessly? This applies to every aspect of our lives including work; let’s talk about how not to use words in our offices. Say Yes to Everything – Contrary to popular opinion, the inability to say ‘NO’ is a weakness and not a strength. How do I mean? You know when you were hired, you got a job description and your workload has tripled but your pay has not? Then you find out you have less...


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5 Things You Must Never Do At Work - Food Edition

5 Things You Must Never Do At Work – Food Edition

You know how the freedom to do something does not necessarily make it the right thing to do? Like, you have the freedom to scream, but screaming at your boss might not be a good idea. Well it’s the same with food, here are 5 things you must remember not to do with food while at work. Chewing/Sipping Loudly – You know that colleague who is always chewing gum and making a lot of noise (some may even try to speak while chewing)? Or those ones that always snack on chips and you can hear the crunch from the...


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Personal Life Not Allowed!

Personal Life Not Allowed!

“Look at how simple this report looks! You have belittled the nature of the project by not using complex professional terminologies. This report looks like it was written for a secondary school student”, Josh said as he stared at the report I spent 2 weeks working on. Hurt and anger made my blood boil as he added, “No offence”. No offence? Really? What do people mean when they assault the work you spent valuable time doing and then say, “Nothing personal”. Like I am supposed to somehow magically separate myself from the situation that is about me and my...


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Is it Harassment...?

Is it Harassment…?

“You smell nice”, “You look beautiful”, “Your spouse is lucky to have you” – common phrases that can be seen as a compliment or harassment. Let’s talk about a few scenarios, Scenario 1 – Emotional Connection Damien walked into the office, and the first person he saw was Sewa. ‘Here we go again’, he thought as she walked towards him with a ‘seemingly’ innocent smile; ‘You look nice as usual’ she said. ‘Trophy cases were made for men like you’ and she walked away. Damien did not know how to feel about this comment, it felt wrong coming from...


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Diary Of A Working-Class Voter 2

Diary Of A Working-Class Voter 2

Last week was epic, as we walked, strolled or were dragged to our polling units to vote. I did mention my argument with my CFO and what was at stake – bragging rights; to keep our egos intact, I won’t tell you who won. One thing is for sure, it was worth the intellectual exercise. This Saturday, there’s another important election coming up. Probably more important to me than the first because it determines how high or low my taxes will be in the next 4 years. You might think that it’s trivial, but wait till you have to...


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New Year Goals: On Track Or Derailed?

New Year Goals: On Track Or Derailed?

Yes, there was molten magma in my veins and fire in my bones with the pistons of my heart pounding like a formula one supercar engine’s. I was spoiling to burst into 2019. I primed my ears to hear the whistle to zoom into the new year. Happy New Year, happy New Year, everyone was cheering after the clocks chimed, the fireworks went off and the cocks crowed us into the so much expected brand new 2019. Indeed, the “cheers” made me feel like Bolt out to break his best record ever once and for all. I cannot fully...


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Diary Of A Working-Class Voter

Diary Of A Working-Class Voter

Like every other working-class Nigerian, I got out of bed super early to prep for my day. It’s a Friday like no other, elections are holding tomorrow and it’s been the talk of the lunch room for weeks. Apart from the fact that it’s a half day at work, I’m super excited to wrap up my argument with the CFO (don’t worry, it’s not that kind of arguement). You see, we got into a heated argument about how INEC offices suddenly became ‘flammable’ one week before elections and how quickly tables could turn –  being articulate, demanding change or...


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Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer

So I met this girl at work… she’s a 12/10; cool, calm and collected, even when under pressure… no, no, hold up; that’s not true. This lady is a fantastic mess, she has a ton of energy and can talk for days. She is fun loving and thoughtful and probably the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. She has her good and bad days like everyone else, but there is just something about her… When she joined the company, I did not know where to place her or how to relate to her. She seemed awfully friendly and bubbly, which...


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