How Fair is Your Pay? 5 Steps to Getting Your Share

This pretty picture has nothing to do with fair pay… but it is an inspiring, life affirming photo. I want to inspire you to make sure you get what you want from your life. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Today. It is, after all, all we have.

When I read this article about Whole Foods compensation structure — I was amazed and wondered why more companies don’t follow suit. Here’s the bottom line:

“Execs can’t earn more than 19 times the company average, the co-founder gets $1 a year, and non-execs get 93% of company stock options. The result is 7% turnover — among the lowest in the industry. Says co-CEO Walter Robb: ‘[We] really make love to the company values.'” I would say they put their money where their mouth is. Most companies SAY that employees are their most valuable asset but how do they demonstrate it?

Not all of us can work for Whole Foods so what can we do?

1) Mean what we say and say what we mean. Be a person of integrity. You will never regret it.

2) Keep your skills current. When you do that, you give yourself the opportunity to change… jobs, organizations, fields, etc.

3) Pay it forward. The more aware you are of helping others achieve their goals, the better.

4) Be nice. Organizations look to hire people who can get along. Being nice never hurt anyone’s career. Don’t be a doormat but the most successful people I know are generally described by others as ‘one of the nicest people I have ever met.”

5) Work for yourself. You don’t always make the most money this way… but you’ll make sure you get your fair share!

Checkout these online salary resources:

My favorite is where employees post the real skinny on salary, work and culture. Also try, (links to over 300 professional salary surveys) and  It’s not all about money… but getting comparative data can give you strength in negotiating. By the way, if you don’t ask for the money you deserve… you’ll probably never get it.

Photo credit: mmtzjr69out  Double Bubble Rainbow

Looking for a New Career? Try it Before You Jump

I hate shopping and particularly trying stuff on. Ugh. But if I didn’t try it on… I’d buy a bunch of stuff that doesn’t fit.

Since we know that people of all ages will need to change careers more often than in the past — how are we going to know if we like the job we THINK we might be good at.  I had the advantage of ‘student teaching’ — the great way to ‘try on’ a job.

A new service, allows users to connect with professionals in a specific job and shadow them for a set amount of time, at a price set by the host. Current swaps range from shadowing a PhD student to observing a henna tattoo artist. Imagine being able to see what a job is really like BEFORE spending thousands of dollars and years of study or ditching your current gig.

LifeSwap has recently set up an enterprise version for inter-company swaps for employees to pick up more skills at a specific company at a per-employee rate. Imagine taking your most talented employees and letting them ‘sabbatical’ at a company that teaches them new skills?

Imagine your career exploration in bite sizes — or inventing a whole new career based on what you learn by shadowing someone who’s already doing something similar?

Imagine if you could ‘show’ someone interested in your career choice what it’s like to do your job?

Thinking back… would you have chosen your profession/job if you’d had a chance to ‘try it on’ first? What would you have tried on?

If LifeSwap was available to you, what experiences would you try? You can probably do some of it without LifeSwap — so think and ask — opportunities are all around us.

Photo credit: Double vision  At~A~Glance