Sunday, March 29, 2009

More birds of a feather

Erin Ailworth at the Boston Globe writes a sweet story about several companies in which executives and staff, including our good friends at Cambridge Health Alliance, gave up pay or benefits to avoid layoffs of their fellow workers. I wonder if the day will come when this kind of story is not newsworthy because such behavior becomes the norm.


Brenda Finkle said...

I sure hope not. It's comforting to know that in today's "what's in it for me world" people still care about each other and are willing to reach out in sacrifice to lift others up. I love it. We need to hear about this more. I for one, am pleased to see positive stories...thank you for sharing this one.

Kim said...

We did this way back in the early 80s when the census at my hospital dropped and stayed low for a few months.

The option to us was lay-offs vs. "job sharing", meaning that we would each drop our scheduled hours by 1-2 shifts per pay period to make sure everyone had work.

We voted unanimously to job share. Better to take a cut in hours than to see our colleagues lose their jobs.

In my 30-odd years of nursing, I've only seen that happen once, but I like to think that we in health care tend to take care of each other when the chips (or the economy) are down. )