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Taking one for the team

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Would you work for free — as a short-term measure — to save your employer?

  • No, 52%
  • Yes, 35%
  • I already have, 12%

Nearly half of you say you’d work for free — or already had — to help your employer stay afloat. If you feel that your employer has just hit a rough patch, and will quickly recover with the rest of the economy, a few hours or weeks of “donated” time could be a better bet than the unemployment line. But I would hope that workers would get some payoff for that sacrifice, perhaps in the form of an ownership stake in the company. And senior management better take a cut, too, as at British Airways.

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