[rescue] Cluesticks (was Mounting and Dumping)

Carl R. Friend crfriend at rcn.com
Sat Jan 17 15:46:50 CST 2004

   On Sat, 17 Jan 2004, Brian Dunbar wrote:

> Eighteen months ago the salaried staff at work were "asked" to take a
> 10% pay cut.  The folks at the VP and C*O rank took a 15% pay cut.*
> The amounts involved for the latter were negligible, but the morale
> boost involved was not unsubstantial.

   The fifteen percent figure is meaningless once one gets into the
mid six-figures compared to the ten percent hit to some poor bloke
making 50k.

   For the working bloke that 5k/yr may mean the difference between
making the mortage payment or not....  For the Corporate Criminal,
the 26,250 (for a salary of $175k, *excluding* perks and other bits)
is peanuts by comparison.

> Perhaps what Dave was getting at was not that the money involved makes
> the difference to the bottom line, but that the environment generated
> by the disparity in salary is lethal to the company's esprit-de-corps?

   This has been well recognised in the real world for a good many
years now.  It's mainly the US that lags behind in the understanding

   Two words: "Ken Lay".

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