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A US-based company allows employees to request and vote for a salary raise.
Squaremouth, an online company comparing and selling travel insurance, started operating in Florida in 2003. The company implemented the policy that allows requesting and voting for raises in 2010.
To start the voting process, the employees organize a company-wide meeting when they think it is high time to get a raise. Then, they make a pitch for the desired amount of salary increase. Coworkers are required to turn in their votes, as well as to share the rationale behind their decision, on the same day of the meeting. They also need to indicate their names, as no vote can remain anonymous.
Afterward, the votes are compiled. The salary raise request is granted if the majority of the requesting employee’s coworkers agree to it. Since the policy’s implementation, 39 out of 41 requests have been approved.
Chris Harvey, Squaremouth’s CEO, thinks that employees’ happiness should be prioritized because it translates to happy customers. Additionally, he believes that the peer-reviewed salary raise system promotes transparency. He emphasized that he trusts the employees to make sound decisions on whether or not a raise request is reasonable.
According to employees, Squaremouth’s transparent culture empowers them and makes the company an ideal place for growth and success.
Several publications agree. The Tampa Bay Business Journal cited Squaremouth as one of the best places to work in the United States. Similarly, Fortune listed the company as one of the best small companies in the country.