Would you work for free to keep your job?

While getting ready for work this morning this story on Good Morning America caught my attention:

About 40,000 people work for British Airways, which means they show up, do their jobs and get paid. But now, the airline is asking workers to do their jobs for up to a month without the "getting paid" part.

British Airways asks its employees to work without pay for up to one month.

In a letter to employees this week, British Airways said, "The airline fights for survival ... people will be able to opt for one-week blocks of unpaid leave or unpaid work."

It's a twist on sacrifices being made by employees around the world. In Connecticut, for instance, Courtney Bosch was given a one-week furlough from Kodak.

"In these times, I was comfortable with it, you know I can honestly say I was happy to still be employed," Bosch said.”

Watch the story here.

Furloughs are one thing, but asking employees to work for free for up to one month is quite another.

With nearly one in 10 U.S. workers without a job, some people are so afraid of joining the ranks of the unemployed that working for free sounds like the only choice they have.

Employers should still use caution when considering such a plan. ABC News workplace commentator Tory Johnson went on to say that expecting people to work for free is “absolutely a slippery slope” for employers.

More than a thousand employees have signed up for British Airway’s “no-pay plan.” The airlines also said there is no sense of intimidation or peer pressure among employees regarding the plan.

Is asking workers to go without pay simply a sign of the times or is there a better way for companies to save money? Would you work for free to keep your job?

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