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Hello Mi Neighbour | How to get a salary increase

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Construction workers watch pre-mix concrete being poured for the retrofitted containers being used to house firefighters at the Freeport Fire Station in Montego Bay.

Hello mi neighbour! Good news for all employees! You can now send simple, silent messages to your employers that leave them no option but to increase your salary!

No need, therefore, to ask, badger, protest, lobby or undermine anyone anymore for a pay increase. Wow! Please note, however, that if employees are lazy, exacting, stingy, covetous, unjust or dishonest, this formula may not work for them. If characterised by any of these, please pause and correct them before continuing to read.

Okay, a few questions for the others: Are you good at your job and enjoying it? Do you get along with employer and co-workers? Good! Can your employer be proud of you even off the job - at home, at the market, in traffic on a bad day etc.? Great!

Bear with me, but does your service go beyond the call of duty without demanding compensation, boasting or advertising it? Do you work just to impress your employer or to expose the ineptitude of fellow employees? If your motive for high performance is impure, please take a little time and make some adjustment now. We'll wait for you.

Twenty-first-century employers are desperate for workers who bring a high level of professionalism to their employment. Ownership mentality, job commitment, product knowledge, adherence to company policy, and service delivery are hallmarks of these employees. Sought-after employees embrace company philosophy and are capable of using their initiative for the enrichment of all stakeholders.

A client contracted a friend of mine recently for a particular job, giving specific guidelines on how to complete the task. Being a professional of no mean order, if you know what I mean, before tackling the job, my friend suggested some other guidelines which he thought were in the best interest of his client. After a long deliberation with the client's technocrats, they relented against their "better judgement".

In the end, this was how everything panned out: On completion of the job, the client was so pleased that, without any prompting from my friend, he paid him four times what he had charged. This was because my friend's insistence on having the job done a particular way redounded to a huge saving to the client.

So, I ask you, do you want to increase your salary multiple times? It's within your power. But here's the deal: Do not focus on the increase itself. Instead, master the habit of expending your energy and creativity on increasing the wealth and well-being of stakeholders. You may not see the increase immediately or in your present employment, but "as night follows day" and "if life's spared", you will, for "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap".

And while you wait on the harvest, there is much to be gained from "loving your neighbour as yourself and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you". By living this mantra, whether your salary is big or small, you are blessed, and no one can stop your progress! yep!

And can you help someone from list below to progress, please?




- Annmarie, St Andrew, for donation of clothing.

- Andrea, St Andrew, for clothing and utensils for the family.

- Neighbour, St Andrew, for financial contribution.




1. Merl, Manchester, elderly, asking for a second-hand refrigerator.

2. Neighbour, St Catherine, asking for a double bed mattress.

3. Neighbour, asking for a stove and second-hand crib.

4. Veronica, Trelawny, got burnt out; asking neighbours for a stove.

5. Jennel, unemployed, St Ann, single mother of four, needs a bed.

To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 334-8165, 884-3866, or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB, or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact e-mail Mr Townsend exclusively manages the collections and distributions mentioned in this column and is neither an employee nor agent of The Gleaner.