2016 Resolution #4 – Reconsider Your Minimum Wage

Most health centers have ALICEs occupying key patient-contact roles. Not-for-profit does not mean “cheap” and those organizations that address issues like these will better position themselves to achieve their mission.

The Compensation Times

Resolution #4 – Reconsider your organization’s “minimum wage” in light of all of the costs associated with being cheap

The December 14, 2015 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business featured a series of insightful articles on the problem of Alices written by Lindsay VanHulle.  No, not employees named Alice, but ALICE, an acronym for “asset-limited, income-constrained, but employed” popularized by the United Way.   ALICEs populate many entry-level, minimally-skilled jobs, but also include a large number of potentially valuable employees.  The problem, of course, is that ALICEs have a lot to think about that is not directly related to work, and those thoughts just don’t go away between 9 and 5.

My first really serious consideration of ALICEs came long before the term was coined. I had gone to visit a non-profit health center, and went into the employee break room to get some water.  Sitting at a table were two young…

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About Edmund B. Ura

Edmund B. Ura, MAIR, JD, works with governing boards, executives and human resources staff to develop methodologies for ensuring fair and equitable compensation programs that support achievement of organizations' missions. Contact Ed at ebura@mercesconsulting.com.
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