You obviously have never owned or have run a company. I have since 1993. I have moved our company from nothing to over $5 million in sales in one year. Being an experienced employer with a monthly expense that would frighten most people, I know from years of putting up with the complaints, the lying, the steeling, the cheating, and eveything else that you could think of, it is not easy. A CEO/founder deserves to make 150-500 times more then the lowest paid employee. A typical employee has no equity in the business, they don`t have their house on the line to get things going, they don`t have to skip a paycheck because a client didn`t pay you this month, they don`t have to negotiate new rentals/purchases, they don`t have to do close to anything a CEO/founder has to do. They just have to show up for work and do a reasonable enough job to get by. I joke around with people that ask me what the hardest part of being the CEO of my company is, I respond "babysitting". Employees need to be babysit, they wine when things aren`t going well, they make faces if their bonus is not greater then the year before, they complain when you have to take their gas card away, they bitch about having to stay late and finish something.
Having said all of that, I have to end with a couple of thoughts. Employees are the best and worse thing a CEO/founder has to deal with. Most companies could not make it without employees. You just have to realize that at the end of the day, everything that happens good or bad is reflection of the CEO/founder. Hire and fire to make as many things as you can turn out good.
Every American should own a company once in there life time and then they would know that money doesn`t grow on trees and that it is earned everyday, rain or shine. So many employees think that money grows on trees or they deserve more then they are being paid. I recently spoke to a Police officer on an airliner and he said something very interesting. He said that all the cops in his department are not writing tickets any more to speeding drivers, I asked why? He said because his department has not given anyone in over 2 years a raise. I asked, how does that make it better. He said that they see all the summons with just a warning and they will eventually get the idea on how much money they are missing out of. I found that incredible, that he and his fellow officers were punishing the township with not writing tickets because they haven`t had a raise in a while. That is why every person needs to won and run a business. If he did he would have understood that the more money that comes in, the more can go out in bonuses and wage increases.
Most employees think they punish the business owner by not performing, they punish everyone within that company. A dead weight drags everyone down.
A CEO/founder should be able to make 100s of time more then lowest paid employee because they have to put up with everyones situation and everyones job. Not just a single job responsibility.
If you don`t try, you`ll never know!