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Nathan
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Here are a couple of articles you should take a moment to read this week:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gender-wage-gap-equal-pay-day_us_570bdfe3e4b0142232499084

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/04/12/equal-pay-day-inequality-women-gender/82913078/


Let me start by saying that Laura Bassett of The Huffington Post and Natalie Diblasio of USA Today have no idea what they're talking about, and it isn't reporting to simply Google some stats and then get a statement from one or two sources close to one side of an issue...reporting should be something done by inquisitive, non-lazy people with a real need at their core to get to the bottom of an issue.

So let's get to the bottom of it. If you read these articles you'll find that women earn $0.79 on the dollar of what their male counterparts do and after you Google that you can then Google again for how many women are in the workforce and boom! You just found half a trillion dollars we employers are ripping out of the purses of the women that work for us as the bastard employers we are.

Well Laura and Natalie, thank you for regurgitating a statistic from Google in the most eloquent way written diarrhea has ever come together before, but you don't know the whole story...because you didn't ask.

As this pops up in your Email (because we both know you've set up Google alerts for your own name), you may be asking yourself "Who is Nathan Thornberry?" Well, I'm a business owner with a LOT of employees, mostly women by the way including a majority of our executives, and I'm one of the many people you could have asked for the other side of the story before you demonstrated why journalism is dying a slow, miserable death.

Here's the insight you need to hear: The gender pay gap is either non-existent or at the very least is much smaller than what you reported in your regurgitated stat from the Internet.

Why?

It is generally accepted, even in our overly PC country, that men are largely more aggressive than women- sometimes in ways that are productive, sometimes in ways that are counterproductive. This leads to men doing things like being a little riskier with their life path and jumping jobs a few times before they land for a while- and then they will jump again if the opportunity arises. They also tend to blow money more rapidly than women (not that there aren't exceptions to both!)

Women on the other hand, are generally more calculated in their approach to risk. They'll stay loyal to a job longer, they'll avoid throwing away money to ensure they can pay the bills, and when the next startup .com down the road is ready to start hiring on a hope and a prayer with their VC cash...the men show up for that crap shoot.


I have personally over the years and my HR department (headed up by a woman named Jacquie) has posted hundreds of positions over the years and we have reviewed probably 1,000+ resumes and applications. I've also discussed this with many of my fellow business owners, and here's what we find:

- Men's resumes will have less time at each job generally, at a rate 30%-50% on average less time at each job.
- Women will more often apply for the entry and lower paid positions, at over double the frequency of men.
- Of those women hired for the entry level or lower paid positions, many will stick with it and show their hard work and loyalty to the company, getting promoted many times over their careers, even into positions where their counterparts have higher degrees- because they're wiling to stay at the same company and they know the ropes.
- While we have an enormous base of career oriented ladies at the company, female employees will much more often opt for settling into a position- and not seek further promotions, extra hours, or take on new projects, than their male counterparts. Several want the flexibility to go on trips with their significant others or come to us in the first place looking for something to do during the day- that they don't really have to work. For that flexibility from an employer, they are generally willing to take a job at lower pay and don't generally ask for raises on a Friday when they came in late Tuesday and took Wednesday and Thursday off.

Do I think we should have an "Equal Pay Day"? Absolutely not, as it is based on false premises.

Replace it with a "Women's Day" like they have in most other countries around the world. It's an even better excuse for sales at retailers and should be more meaningful.

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Rob Jude
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how about posting one of the articles about how a stay at home mom should be paid 1.7 mil per year since she is a maid, a cook, and seamstress, a care taker, a chauffeur, a taxi, a pet sitter, a therapist, counselor, referee, painter, maintenance repair tech, landscape artist, bather, singer, story teller, tutor, teacher, blah blah blah AND she should receive full time annual average salary of each with benefits based on median incomes nationwide

no one mentions the nap she takes everyday with the littles
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Moms are heroes for sure, and I have no qualms about saying I have great women working at RWS. They not only get paid equal on every reasonable basis imaginable, many hold our top positions and deservingly so.

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I'm all for equality but nobody is talking about the biggest issue facing equality in the workforce. I understand gender, race and sexuality bias but none of these remotely compares to the discriminatory practices against Old Guys. Old Guys don't have to worry about equal pay because we don't get the job period. Some 30 something doesn't think we will live long enough - now if that isn't discrimination, what is?

Politicos and caring citizens should demand Old Guys get the job and in return, Old Guys will guarantee gals, gays and non-Caucasians not only get equal pay, but 5% MORE. Now, that is win-win-win.

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I've hired a lot of "old guys", and I would tell any 30 something employer like myself to recognize the following advantages:

1. They know people already and have social skills from not having their noses in their phones 24/7 like millennialis.

2. A larger percentage of them served in the military and most have their healthcare covered as a result (VA).

3. They're loyal and not looking for the next thing- they're looking for their last thing and to build a legacy.


I have a long list of distinguished gentlemen here at RWS/ISG - I wouldn't call any of them "old" but some you might be familiar with like Bill Gustafson, Doc Shane, Arnie Goldberg, Al Trestrail...all legends to me already.

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