Salary & Sacrifices

I put a (rather unscientific) poll out on LinkedIn. And while any social network poll should be taken with a grain of salt, I still think the results are still worth some reflection.

The question also came with additional context: "For the perfect job, as you define it, how much salary would you sacrifice? Since this is a hypothetical, let's assume everything is proportional to the #perks you seek. For example, if you want 100% remote for a 10% pay cut, the average #salary gets only 50% #remote, and 10% raise means in office full time."

So there's number of things that are wrong with the poll: for one, it leaves out the population of people who wouldn't take a pay cut at all, or those who would sacrifice perks for more money. It also doesn't factor actual roles, industries, salary levels, and whether people are part of a dual income relationship/non-primary earner. There's also the simple fact that it's easier to answer a poll than it is to sign an offer letter. 

All that being said - I still think there's a critical takeaway for anyone in leadership: Flexibility matters. We convince ourselves that employees are always chasing the top dollar - that attrition is because people aren't loyal and because they are greedy.

That has me thinking, if you're in a hiring role, it's high time to be asking candidates: "If you had free reign to design your work week, what would it look like so you can do your best work while being the happiest?"

(And then listen closely...)


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