Sunday reading for December 29, 2013:
1. Roberto A. Ferdman has a great post up on Quartz highlighting a San Francisco based startup’s recent decision to publish the salaries of their entire employee population for all the world to see. I am a big fan of pay disclosure in theory, but in practice this move carries with it some big risks. For starters, even if this employer is a pay leader (and it sounds like they are) its competitors now know exactly how much it will cost to poach their top talent. Further, employees who disagree with the formula (and where it places them on the pay grid) might now become disengaged…. and yet I love that they’re doing this. It’s bold, implies a deep conviction that the company believes they’re paying competitively, and it (hopefully) inspires other companies in the area to follow suit Check the full piece out here.
2. Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord has a post up on Harvard Business Review talking about some of the great things Netflix did during her tenure to promote a culture of high performance. Reading the article, one gets a strong sense that Netflix is a company that lives its values. The article itself is great, but even if you don’t have time to read the whole thing (it’s 8 pages) the deck alone is absolutely worth checking the piece out here.
3. Michael Kelley has a great article up on Business Insider. In it, he busts some longstanding myths about human performance. It turns out that performance doesn’t actually follow a bell curve – most people are below average. Interested in learning more? Follow the link here.
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