Monday, February 26, 2007

De-motivation

Chris Dillow describes a world in which the payment of bonuses would be unacceptable:
"It would be one in which incentives were unimportant. And this, in turn, would be a world where people had no effect upon outcomes. It's be one where workers filled space, like those poor sods with placards advertising golf sales, or merely obeyed bosses' instructions*. In such a world, bonuses and incentives would be unacceptable, as they'd introduce useless random noise into pay.

This would be a world in which workers had no agency at all, but were merely passive objects to be manipulated."
Are there any other employees of Glasgow City Council out there? Uncanny, isn't it?

1 comment:

dirigible said...

In such a world, bonuses and incentives would be unacceptable, as they'd introduce useless random noise into pay.

This assumes that bonuses would be paid randomly rather than actively rewarding failure. Which would be a better world than the one we actually inhabit.

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