As a business owner, I'm entitled to the profits of the business......period. Anyone I hire is entitled ONLY to what was agreed upon at the time of hire. Nothing less and nothing more. IF I CHOOSE to give profit sharing, that's entirely MY choice....not a moral obligation. If I choose not to share profits, my workers can either be content with what THEY AGREED TO WORK FOR or work somewhere else. NO ONE is "entitled" to my business profits but me. Yes, my workers helped to earn those profits, but they assume NONE of the costs or risks of doing business. THEY don't warranty the work, I DO. THEY are not the ones who get the call in the middle of the night when some emergency arises, I DO. THEY don't purchase and maintain necessary equipment, I DO. THEY didn't develop and maintain my customer base over the last 29 years, I DID. In short, THEY didn't build my business.....I DID! MY profit is my reward for my time, efforts, risks, etc. I'M the one responsible for everything necessary to create the profit.
It's people like you who have never run a business and have no clue of the countless of unbillable hours involved in viewing jobs, estimating costs, formulating bids, etc. who think the guy swinging the hammer is the only one working. By the way, that's me, too, more often than not. Most business owners are NOT do-nothing fat cats warming a chair and cracking a whip over the poor slobs slaving away for a pittance. In my business, and most successful businesses, there is mutual respect, decent pay, reasonable hours, grievance solutions, etc. Everyone gets the deal they bargained for. Stop with the master-slave scenerios already.....you're smarter than that.
I'd love to know what kind of business you run.