I once worked at a company where the salary was paid on the 20th (yeah, like today), many moons ago. If the 20th fell on a weekend, the blessed folks would pay us on the preceding Friday, whatever date it was.
I have never recovered from that, to this day.
Anyway, that is not the story, this is the story of how four ninjas learnt Financial Wellness the hard way.
So back to this company, we’ll call it company M. Company M was a fantastic employer, in December, they would pay us our salaries even earlier, on or around the 16th, so we could have a blast. They would also pay us something called a ’13th Salary’ in December so we could have an even bigger blast.
There was this year I got a pay rise around October, and of course given that December was jackpot month, my account received deposits the like of which it had never before encountered. So I and some three fellows decide to reduce our collective windfall to manageable levels.
One of us owned a car then and he drove us to Nakuru, the plan being that we’d have some polite relaxing evening and head back to Nairobi the next day……None of us can quite recall what happened…….. We came back to Nairobi on Sunday evening, with nothing between us except the fuel we had contributed to pay for.
That was the 22nd of December. Next paycheck was expected, with any luck, on the 20th of January. If you have ever heard anyone say that January has 65 days, I experienced it that year.
Saving money and working with budgets became a thing I did naturally after that.
Now, the good folks at Kiota Africa even came up with a training module that we share with others who might find themselves on this road.
We call it Financial Wellness. It is quite something, you learn a whole lot about the psychology of money.
As your HR Manager to reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll come over and share stories like the one above, and how to fix that problem.