J.Crew has just done its employees (and the workforce in general) a huge favor. As Refinery29 reports, the company has banned on-call shifts, which required employees to be available to work certain shifts without guaranteeing they'd be paid if they didn't end up being needed at the store. Refinery29 says that other companies have also ended the unfair practice recently, including Victoria's Secret, Urban Outfitters, and Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, and three other brands.
In a world where many businesses are seemingly only concerned with the bottom line, it's a refreshing change in the right direction. Hopefully J.Crew's decision will set a precedent for companies of all stripes to follow suit. CEOs everywhere, take note: Listening to your employees' needs is always a good idea.
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