Being Paid to Work…Or Working to Get Paid

Are we paid to sit in a chair, do our work and be there for 8 hours? Some will say yes. I say no.

You’re being paid to produce results. To get things done.

If you’re a salesman, you’re being paid to sell.
If you’re a marketer, you’re being paid to market.
And if you’re an engineer, you’re being paid to engineer.

Do all of those jobs require you to be at your job 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Absolutely not. So why is that how it works?

Is your most efficient working time 8-5? Nope. Do we work 8 hours per day? Nope. So why are we required to be there for 8 hours? Because it makes our boss feel good? Because the VP’s and executives feel like the company is doing well if people are sitting in their chairs 8 hours a day?

Why aren’t we given tasks to do each day/week/month/year and paid based on how we perform?

Jobs and companies should run like the PGA does; not like the NHL. On the PGA tour, a golfer only gets paid if he places well in a tournament. The highest paid golfers (ignore endorsements) win tournaments. In the NHL however, the best hockey players aren’t necessarily paid the most. Why not? Because hockey players are paid based on playing games. It’s not an incentive based system – aka union. So doesn’t it make more sense that hockey players would play better if they were going to be paid based on how they did? I know there are arguments to both sides, but jobs should work the same way. If you don’t perform, you don’t get paid. If you do well, you get paid. Yes, sales is based a lot on commission. But what about other jobs? Let’s motivate people to get their work done and pay them accordingly. And that means not always working 8-5 in an office.

Something to think about.

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