Having run a company, I can get this...it's a refreshing and seemingly decent approach to sharing the wealth.
Great contrast to all the money-grabbing, "screw the employee" bosses that are in the news all the time.
Maybe where he went wrong is not allowing an "upside".
Sure, not everybody who *thinks* they deserve extra really do.
But in my experience some sure as hell do...the trick is to identify them and give them fair value.
(My top staff regularly got 20% over market rates - they earned me far more, so I was happy to pay.)
Snip: "You can ignore economics, but economics won’t ignore you.
That’s the tough lesson Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, a Seattle credit-card processing company, is learning.
Four months ago, Price announced he’d slash his own multimillion-dollar pay and set a company-wide $70,000 minimum wage.
He got the idea after a friend explained her difficulty paying back student loans and surviving on $40,000 a year — a salary many Gravity employees were making.
Price’s stand against income inequality made him an immediate darling of the left.
But key employees saw it differently.
Financial manager Maisey McMaster liked the idea at first — until she thought about it.
“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are least equipped to do the job,” she told The New York Times. Meanwhile, “The ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump.”
She thought it would be fairer to give smaller raises, with the clear chance to earn more with experience. Price brushed off her doubts; she quit.
Also out the door: Web developer Grant Moran. He says, “Now the people who were just clocking in and out were making the same as me.” Plus, having your pay level a very public matter is a problem, with “friends now calling you for a loan.”
Moral of the story: Some people work harder than others; some have stronger skills — and they don’t think it’s fair that they’re paid the same as others.
Price will soon be left only with workers worth his chosen minimum wage — or less.
The company is already in chaos thanks to the policy — but the big problem is ahead, as it tries to keep growing and innovating with only mediocre talent"