We all know about the sales tax which is added to our restaurant bills and mobile credit. We often end up paying more or getting less than what we paid for. Though these are practises which we’ve all learned to live by, there are dozens unethical practices which we are still oblivious to. Below are just some of them.
Employers will use your previous salary against you. Though you shouldn’t, in this case lying to them will actually improve your case. If you made like 40,000 in your previous job, then they might offer you 50,000 and tell you that they’re doing you a favour because that’s a 25% increase. Fact is, your salary shouldn’t be relative. It should be what others in your position are making. If it’s a 75,000 job then take the 75,000 not the 50,000. If your employer intended to pay you competitively, they wouldn’t ask. Never give your new employer a number which you’re not satisfied with. They’ve every reason to make that number your new wage.
Companies love to hire the young and the gullible. We’ve all seen it; companies hire out the young, fresh out of college batch and make them work harder for fewer returns. The youth is more than eager to show off their chops. No special overtime pay for all the overtime work. The company has no qualms with making false promises. This practice is common throughout the company, so one really complains. If someone quits, the company more often than not refuses to give a reference. There is a way to fight this and come out on the top. If you’re dissatisfied with your job then look for another job. If you came across a company that values your skills, then tell your old employer about it. Make sure you mention how much more they’re paying you. If your current employer says they will pay you just as much, then you agree with them and tell the new company about it. Chances are that the new people will offer you even more.
One step down from having college graduates is having unpaid interns works for you. Not only do they have the exact same tasks as everybody else, they also have to work the same amount of hours. The tragedy here is that many of the interns work extra harder than everybody else. But it’s rare that all that extra work is noticed let alone appreciated. Worse still is the fact that their supervisors don’t even take out the time to teach them anything, as almost all of them have to learn on their own. Most of them struggle and in the end many aren’t hired.
The saying,“up to 100mbps of internet” is mostly false. You won’t get 100 mbps; you’ll only get 5-6mbps with a 100 sprinkled over the 24 hour pie chart.
Sugar free doesn’t mean free of sugar. It just means less sugar than what the company has to put in their report.
A practise that is becoming common is for companies to hire someone as a contractor. The contractor does everything but because they’re a contractor, they don’t get the perks like paid holidays and health benefits.
If you’re a frequent user of the services provided by Uber, then you would have noticed that the estimated price and the actual price always varies. This is in no part the driver’s fault. According to Uber, this difference is because of the error in their GPS calculations. No matter how many times this happens, Uber won’t refund you. They will give you Uber credits which can only be redeemed by using their service.
Audi and Volkswagen are owned by the same company. It doesn’t matter if you buy a Volkswagen or an Audi. The diaper brands of Pampers and Luvs are also owned by the same parent company. In fact many of the products we buy and use are owned by a select few companies. In many of the cases the competing products are owned by the same company.
You may have heard about the cellular companies known as Airtel and Vodafone. These companies have their billing cycle of 28 days rather than the usual month, the last I heard. So why is that such a big deal? Snow ball effect, that’s why. If they charged per month you would be paying them twelve times a year. But when you multiply twelve by twenty eight we get 336. Subtract that from 365 and you will realize that these services have found a way to make money 13 times a year rather than the normal 12. There is another important lesson here as well; it’s that the little things add up. No matter what it is, if you do it every day little by little you too can reap that extra benefit.
This next and last unethical practise is mostly common in South East Asia. Canteens in countries like Pakistan and India won’t give you the change when it’s only 1 rupee. Instead they will hand you a messily looking piece of candy. Now granted that same sweet costs about 1 rupee but for the canteen it costs less than that. Each year just by this practise alone they make a huge profit. Though you might only save about 170 rupees if you insist on taking that one rupee every time, if you want you can pay the canteen in sweets. After all that’s only fair considering how they are treating you.