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As much as this site prides itself on the I-hate-everything columns from John Duda and the tongue-in-cheek narratives from Will deFries, we do also enjoy the occasional feel-good stories that provide perks to the endless postgrad grind. This is one of those stories.
After all 120 employees at Seattle-based financial services company Gravity Payments had their salaries raised to a minimum of $70,000 last year by CEO Price, the employees secretly teamed up to thank their fearless leader by gifting him his dream car, a Tesla, which coincidentally costs in the neighborhood of $70,000.
“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”
Pocketing upwards of several thousands of dollars a year would help boost both my happiness and my thankfulness, but the quote applies greatly to the situation nonetheless.
Having just recently graduated from college, I’m rather adamant about my lacking skills in the maths and sciences; however, after way too much time spent calculating the numbers on my iPhone, each employee pitched in an average of $583 for the nice surprise for their boss. There’s a lot of ways I could think of spending roughly $600 — perhaps one and a half overpriced emergency New Years’ Uber drives — but if everyone was doing it to suck up to their friendly boss, I’d pitch in too.
Rent in Seattle may be expensive as hell, but I think I speak for all of us when I say I’d live in a rundown $2500/month studio with the city’s nine-month lack of sun if it meant getting extremely overpaid to punch numbers in Excel sheets for 40 hours a week.
Until that magically happens for the entire PGP community, though, let’s give an honest pat on the back to both Dan Price and the whole Gravity Payments team for executing the win-win PGP story of the week..
[via Business Insider]