So many business say that they can’t afford to pay a good salary, but plenty of business pay a good salary and are more successful than their competition. Costco for example pays more than the competition and has a better work environment and success.
It is a funny thing isn’t it? The idea that you can pay people less and they will have the time and desire to work just as hard as people who get paid more. The entire premise of Outsourcing, Union labor or anything like that says that a person is just an economic robot. People are complex. Some people work for money, others work for their own internal reasons. Every company that I have worked for that pays its employees as little as possible gets as little as possible as a result. No amount of managers or systems is ever going to change that.
No money doesn’t automatically make people more efficient, but it helps them afford the things they need and more likely to want to be efficient. In the article it says how much it changed the quality of life for the employees with even a small change $3 an hour. If so little money makes such a big difference in the quality of life, why wouldn’t management believe those workers would be happy and grateful to work for such a company.
For example when I first started my first big money job was $40,000. It was much more than I made the year before and I felt like a millionaire. However living in Chicago the money went quickly on very humble living, and I was forced to look for another job so that I could survive on more than rice and beans. If I had been paid more than I would have stayed at the job. People need to be able to feel they are getting ahead in life and not feel desperate, yet how frequently we pay people as though they barely deserve to exist. What does that say about us? Life is about experiences, not just surviving.