|TIME IS A FUNNY THING ...
On paper, time appears solid. It's a unit of measurement, something that you can count and record. Something that we all theoretically have in equal proportion.
And yet, time is also relative. Anyone who has lived a few decades can tell you that a 4-year-old's summer stretches on forever, while a 40-something's summer seems to evaporate in a flash.
The relative nature of time is further compounded when we consider compensation for work. At the extreme, Jeff Bezos amasses more wealth in one second (approximately $3,715) than the median American worker makes in one week ($994 / week or $24.60 per hour).
Over the past two years we have been evolving our compensation policies - setting requirements for posting a job our website - and providing coverage on the topic along the way, such as here, here, and here.
Every few months we have increased the minimum - first to minimum wage in a given geographic area (including the minimum salary for overtime exempt positions, which often equates to much higher than the minimum wage per hour), then to a minimum of $10 / hour (regardless of whether the minimum wage in a given state was lower) or the minimum wage, whichever is higher, and on January 1st, 2022 we moved to our final (for now) tier:
All jobs posted on Good Food Jobs must pay a minimum of $15 / hour.
For some people (particularly employers) these policies have come far too swiftly with not enough time to adjust to the rising standards, and for others (namely employees), these efforts are 10 years too late and still have so much further to go. Time is relative.
We know that change can be hard. We also know that we can do hard things.
To forward momentum,
Tay + Dor
photo by Emily Garthwaite