|By Nick Wilder |
From The Bubble
Jun 13, 2011
ABB, I kind of agree with, hard to imagine that upping the "pay" to $2.92/hour would triple volunteers... There's some solid academic research which shows that paying people small amounts of money DECREASES their willingness to do volunteer work. The basics, as I recall: volunteers want to feel good about what they do, payment cheapens that feeling, and bad pay devalues their work even further.
If you believe that research, there would be more volunteers if they provided no monetary incentive at all.
Now if they provided beer...