I am too pained in my heart, to do a proper introduction of myself, so everyone reading this would have to forgive me for that.I am a young male, who unfortunately got employed by Zenith bank in 2012, when the bank decided to opt for contract staffing of fresh university graduates.As unfortunate as the offer was, I had to take it believing that the exposure and the need to equip myself with a certain level of experience was far more important than being idle.
My remuneration was pegged at 69,999 Naira a month.The responsibilities assigned to me were the same with other professional non-contract staff in the operations unit of my branch, who obviously enjoyed all the benefits attached to our positions as tellers. There is absolutely no disparity in my work load and to make matters worse, my branch could be classified as a non-performing branch in terms of income generation, so my branch head equally subjects me to marketing duties by making sure I introduce accounts to the branch if I want to be appraised very well in the bi-annual appraisal system of the bank.
I go to work each day, concealing my disdain for the conditions I have to work with, but what has really provoked this write-up is the issue of 13thmonth salary, also called December bonus. Zenith bank has a policy of paying 13th month to all cadres of staff, professional and non-professional (contract).
By that I mean the security staff and bulk note counters also enjoy of this largesse.I expected that I would equally be paid this bonus, having put in more than a fair shift of workload during the year, but to my utmost bewilderment and those of my professional (contract) colleagues, we were denied of the benefit. I have tried to rationalize why the bank would decide to treat us with such disdain and contempt for our efforts and I am yet to come up with an answer.I want the bank to understand that as frontline officers of our various branches, they’re treading on our emotions and the level of bottled up rage in most of my colleagues would definitely spill over soon, that the bank as an institution would be setting itself up for the worst public relations disaster of any financial institution in the country.
Act now and the do the right thing as it is in your best interest.
TO the general public, if you walk into any of the Zenith branches and the attending teller doesn’t reciprocate friendliness or warmth, please don’t take offence, understand that his animosity is not to you but the unfortunate employer he/she has to contend with.
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