Nobody expects to get paid for volunteering. But when it comes to work, you better believe compensation is a big part of the picture. British Airways is asking its 40,000 employees to forget about the pay for a while — between one and four weeks, to be exact. Are they serious? BA's chief executive Willie Walsh isn't messing around and says the request is rooted in the airline's "fight for survival." Mr. Walsh is foregoing his salary for the month of July and other volunteers must step forward by June 24.
This comes off as a desperately outlandish request, but I suppose the reasoning is that it's better than exposing employees to another round of layoffs. Or is it? What would you do if you worked for the struggling airline?