When DH’s boss asked all the employees to take a 10% paycut everybody but DH and the guy who recruited him said yes immediately. DH, said, as he always does when it comes to large decisions, that he would have to talk to his wife.
After talking it over with his supervisor, his colleague and with me and with his colleague again, DH has decided to accept the pay cut with the stipulation that he be allowed to use 4 hours of each week working on important but not urgent tasks for the company. He wants to make the documentation, instructions, and examples for their open source code better so that they get more clients through that venue.
He thought about saying no, but we don’t really need the money and there’s no reason to be difficult. He thought about asking for 10% unpaid time off instead, but he doesn’t really need that time. He thought about seeking another job, but he really likes this one and this paycut isn’t enough of a reason to leave it. What clinched it for him, though, was feeling like he’s made more of an impact on economics than he has on his own field. His work does, eventually, save lives, but only if it gets used and not relegated to an electronic dust-bin. So he needs to write papers or make their main product more user-friendly so more people will want to use it. Given the time frame and the current state of their projects, he prefers the latter to the former.
So that’s how he’s dealing with a temporary 10% paycut.
How would you deal with a two month 10% paycut? How about not being sure if your company was still going to be around in a few months?