The employees of this company were allowed to independently choose their salary and schedule. The result was unexpected

Last summer, mass layoffs began in the world, and the co-founders of the small Parisian company Present Perfect panicked. The loss of any of their employees could lead to the collapse of the business, and they asked each to set their own terms. The company’s accountant called it “the worst idea in the world,” but the strategy seemed to work.

The employees of this company were allowed to independently choose their salary and schedule. The result was unexpected

It all started when Annabel Roberts’ husband told her that he was going to quit his job. “I am tired of this. I’m not coming back, ”he told her.

“My husband, who would never quit his job, quit. And then I started to have clients who left the same way, ”she recalls.

Annabelle Roberts and Alexandra Sarlive are co-founders of the Paris-based company with a staff of 10. Due to the pandemic, their business was undergoing a massive digital transformation and the loss of even one employee would be a blow to him.

“There were rumors that some of them were about to leave, and the massive layoffs made us panic, because that way we would not be able to design our program,” recalls Roberts.

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So Roberts and Sarliv came up with a daring plan: to have employees set their own compensation. “We just told everyone that they could be paid whatever they wanted,” she says. “You can choose your schedule, salary, and even your job.”

But before sharing the plan with the team, they presented it to the accountant, who said it was “the worst idea in the world,” and told them not to.

However, Roberts and Sarliv did not listen to him and asked all team members to think for a few weeks on what conditions they would like to work at Present Perfect, and describe in detail what value the company will receive in return.

Notably, one of the employees asked not to raise salaries, but to ensure that his current schedule and the boundaries between work and personal life remain the same.

Another asked for an amount that Roberts said the company simply could not afford. So they discussed his bonuses, raised his salary, agreed on more flexible hours and additional vacation days.

The business implications were unexpected for the co-founders.

“The quality level has skyrocketed,” admits Roberts. We constantly hear that no one is going to work as hard as the founder, right? And I feel like I’m working with a bunch of founders. “

A source.

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