We'd encourage business leaders to look a little harder at their labor costs to see where they can trim great waste and improve productivity before making a final judgment on what their companies can really afford.
I was recently asked to offer some business advice to a couple of female entrepreneurs. Of course I said, "Yes! I'd be happy to help!" This prompted my husband to ask me how much I would charge for this advice. I demurred, thinking that we women have to help one another.
In an ideal world, companies would pay for performance and performance usually equals outcomes -- not hours worked. Who's to say that when you're sitting at your desk in your office you're actually doing meaningful work?