I just got out of a company meeting, and I’m flying high baby! My 2 weeks away from the office was a nice break for sure, but the economy was putting some doubt in the ol’ job security department :( That meeting turned my frown upside down though!
Our CEO assured us that our company is staying strong, and that things are looking up for ’09!! And not only that, but that cutting people is the last option on his mind! We’ll still lose a few benefits here and there for sure (i can probably kiss my 100% matching 401k away), but at this point I’ll TAKE IT! haha…I really don’t feel like looking around for another dream job right now.
Before this meeting, however, I was playing a rousing game of “would you rather” with a few co-workers of mine, and we came up with a really interesting side question. And since it’s one of my all-time favorite games to play, I thought I’d drop it on ya:
“Would you be willing to cut your salary by 10% if it meant saving another employee? And what if there was a randomized chance that the employee in question could be YOU?”
TOUGH one, right?! 10% is a lot no matter how much you make. And if you’re not a great rainy day saver or budget’er like some are, this could def. knock ya on your feet. Plus, is it even worth the risk? Would you be more comfortable losing 10% than 100% if you were the unlucky employee? Even morally – could you stand by and watch your cube-mate walk out the door all because you couldn’t chip in a little? Definitely no right or wrong answer here though…we all have our stuff going on.
And since I asked it, I shall now answer it. While the frugal side of would get up and bitch-slap me, I’d 100% bite the bullet and take my pay cut. For one thing, i’m too much a panzy to risk losing my dream job no matter what the odds are ;) That, and everyone knows each other pretty well since we’re a small company. I certainly wouldn’t miss one or two of them, but I doubt they’d ever get fired anyways. So that would leave ME, along w/ the rest of my closest co-workers to get the boot.
I’d gladly give away $8k for total peace of mind. Okay, well not *gladly*, but I’d still do it. Who knows, maybe that good kharma would turn around and we’d all get rewarded down the road?!
How about you all? Would you tell the employee to F off, or would/could you pull out the get-out-of-jail-free card?