Wednesday, 24 June 2020 – Seasoned Kenyan photo-journalist, George Mulala, has offered priceless advice to journalists who have been fired from Kenyatta family owned Mediamax Company.

Mulala narrated how he was kicked out unceremoniously from international media company, Reuters, despite being a hardworking employee with a track record and since then, he learnt that companies have no soul.

Although he landed jobs in top media stations after he was fired from Reuters, Mulala came to learn that you should never sacrifice the joy of your family to please your employer.

I learned companies are not people. I learned never to sacrifice the joy of my family to please the employer. Employers come and go, you have but one family. When your employer must axe you, nothing, not even those sacrifices that made you neglect your family will mitigate.

I learnt everyone, even the CEO of any firm is dispensable. I worked with great editor-in- chiefs, and witnessed many get kicked out unceremoniously. Some, shamefully frog marched out by security like common toilet paper thieves.

I learnt, sometime to remove you, the employer can kick you out so hard it breaks your spirit. And they don’t care. Reuters almost broke mine. ‘’ He wrote.

Here’s a full post by the former Reuters photojournalist that all employees should read.

Its nothing personal.

Media Max company has just sent home a huge number of employees. Poleni sana.

But I want to take this opportunity to ask you not to take this redundancy personal. Its not a rejection. Media Max hasnt weighed you and found you wanting. Its not statement of your perfomance. Look at it from the point of view that it cannot afford your services anymore.

In 2002, I was made redundant by Reuters. My detractors ran around Nairobi gossiping about me being a non perfomer. The company itself mumbled incoherently about why it was sending me home. Shortly, those who were laughing at me followed me out. Cashflow issues.

I left a legacy not many will beat and my belief in myself as good photojournalist was not shaken. I moved to NMG and later Standard where I served and left at my own pleasure in 2015. I am still a good photojournalist and next year, I will return, perhaps as an employer…inshallah.

In my tribulations I learnt companies have no soul. I learnt not to fall in love with my employer. I learned to fall in love with my career. Today you can be working for Microsoft and tomorrow be employed at Marigiti.

I learned companies are not people. I learned never to sacrifice the joy of my family to please the employer. Employers come and go, you have but one family. When your employer must axe you, nothing, not even those sacrifices that made you neglect your family will mitigate.

I learnt everyone, even the CEO of any firm is dispensable. I worked with great editor-in- chiefs, and witnessed many get kicked out unceremoniously. Some, shamefully frog marched out by security like common toilet paper thieves.

I learnt, sometime to remove you, the employer can kick you out so hard it breaks your spirit. And they don’t care. Reuters almost broke mine.

Always, and always remember this is a job. Its not a relationship. Always look at the possibility of changing your job, before the company gets rid of you.

I learnt not to be comfortable: Be involved in your industry. Notice trends. Notice when your company doesnt pay dividents 3 years in a row. Or when its opening new branches all over.

For my MM colleagues, the need for media is still there. Companies need journalists to write good stories about them. Or take good photographs. But media positions as we know them today are becoming extinct. Things change. be part of that change.

Cry a little. If you must, dust yourself and get back up on that horse as soon as possible. Spend as little time as possible mourning. For time and tide wait for no man.

Its nothing personal.

The Kenyan DAILY POST


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