Wage fairness and workplace flexability benefits all
As the executive director of a non-profit community service historical society, I'm in a position to set the wages and working conditions for our three part-time staff, who all happen to be women with children. It has always been obvious to me that, for the best results for an organization, the only way to treat ANY paid employee is with wage fairness and work place flexability. Despite our organization's constant tight budget, we understand that fairly rewarded and flexably treated employees do a better job that results in a more effective organization. We pay all three staff $14 an hour (way above average for our econopmically depressed area in Northwest Montana, and virtually equal to my salary, which with constant overtime hours, works out to less per hour than they are paid). When they need flexible work schedules to accommodate family demands, I never hesitate to agree, telling them only that as long as the work gets done and we cover each other's butts, they can work whatever hours work for them. The result is that the work gets done, the workers are happy, and the organization is thriving. Obvious win-win.