Absolutely. In fact, it's safe to say that in my workplace, little else does matter. That said....I'm self-employed. Sole proprietor. So yeah. My last workplace was Wal-Mart, ending in 2007 -- I did not feel like I mattered there. In fact, as long as people clocked in and out on time, they didn't really seem to care what everyone was up to. It always galled me that I put everything I had into customer service, keeping stocking up, keeping the aquariums nice, etc., and I still got paid exactly the same as the person hiding in the break room all day. So I built myself a situation in which the level of effort really is related to the level of compensation.