Harry J. Frank is a freelance Motion Graphic Designer who does great work, makes tons of awesome tutorials and has always been generous with his ideas and work process, helpfully sharing expressions, techniques and recipes in posts on mograph.net and elsewhere. He’s a great resource to the Motion Graphic community. And that is really what’s is all about in my opinion, doing good work and sharing your knowledge – instead of hoarding his skills, he’s put them out there for others to use.
I just came across this post on his site today, definitely worth a read for all of us in this industry:
I cannot stand it when I hear people telling me that employers hold employment over the heads of their employees, with lines like, “You should be happy to have a job.” Let’s get this straight: companies make money with employees. Design is a service-based industry, where employees perform a service, and where the employer charges many times more what is paid to the individual employee. In addition, there is equity in valuable employees that keep clients coming back.
Just like “you are what you eat,” a company is who it hires. Companies should make careful decisions about which people they hire, only selecting the right candidate for the job. The candidate should be able to do the job well in return for compensation. If the job is not done well, then it is time to take action: communicate that the job isn’t up to par, offer more training to the employee, move them to a more suitable position, or let them go. That’s the system that drives the workforce.
The skills of the employee make money for the company, and the company returns the favor with salary and benefits. It’s a two-way street. If an employer thinks that they are doing employees a “favor” by employing anyone, then they are employing people for the wrong reason. If you are are an employer and you’ve found yourself saying this: STOP. This is one of the most toxic things you can say to an employee. It not only shows the lack of appreciation for the skill of the employee, but it shows an ignorance for the reason of hiring someone to do a job. If you don’t value what an employee does for you, then why did you hire them?