With all of the public outcry against executive compensation and irresponsible corporate behavior, April Fool's Day seems like the perfect day for offering solutions. My solution is to link executive pay to lottery ticket sales. Employees often have a good sense of when things are amiss. I've actually observed the formation of lottery ticket pools at work when things aren't going well. Large employers with cafeterias on the premises could add lottery ticket dispensers. When the employees are paying for their lunches, they could add a lottery ticket to their purchases. Executive compensation should be inversely proportionate to lottery ticket purchases. When sales are up, the workers realize that something is amiss and are desperate for a way out - no matter how improbable. After all, you can't fool all of the employees all of the time.
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About John Paul Cook
John Paul Cook is a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at clinics that treat low income patients. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2
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