Do yo think we get payed based on what we do, who we are or for how many hours we work?
I will answer my question latter, I want to see how people view this question without altering their decision with my answer. So what's your thought?
Sorry about the type-o, I only recognized it after I hit publish
I definitely think that for the most part we get paid based on who we are. I have run into many people that were obviously promoted due to their personalities rather than the fact that they have mastered the skill of their trade. Due to the fact that most jobs are interviewed for and aren't just a series of tests to determine who is qualified, you have to assume that the end result of what you are payed for in a standard job comes down to who you are.
I feel that you have to have a highly specialized skill that most people cannot match in order to be paid for what you do- though you still have to have a decent personality to match in most cases.
As far as getting paid for how many hours we work... most higher paying jobs are salaried rather than hourly. The hourly jobs generally don't pay a proportionate amount to the amount or intensity level of actual "work" being completed, so that is why I am sticking to the fact that we get paid for who we are.
Actually not, we hardly get what we deserve in fact we get just 10% of what we deserve.
It depends on the type of job you have. I used to have an hourly job in unskilled labor, and I got paid for how many hours I worked. That was the main point of frustration for me, is that I got paid exactly the same no matter what I did, and I got paid exactly the same for busting my rear as someone else did for hiding in the break room all day. They didn't care who I was, all they did was look at my resume and call me in with a bunch of other people, and hired pretty much anyone who wasn't a felon. Their main priority was that I was clocked in on time, and that I clocked back out at the scheduled time -- seriously, they put more stress on that then what I did in the meantime.
Now I get paid based on what I do. Who I am probably makes a difference, because it dictates how I write. I also have one client, at least, who is extremely discerning about the people he has do work for him, because we all have to fit into his company culture -- since he's continued sending me work for four years now, I can only assume that my personality as well as my skills fits in with what he needs. However, if I didn't do what I do, I wouldn't get paid no matter who I am. As a freelancer, I am paid directly according to which jobs I complete.
Soon I will be paid directly according to how many people sign up for my training program, and I think this is much more about who I am. There are, no doubt, many people out there that can effectively train people to be successful freelancers, but the people who choose me to train them will be the ones who like my training style, and who feel that they will get along with me well enough to learn from me. If they don't like who I am, they won't want to learn from me.
In short -- I think it can be any one of them, it all depends on the type of job that you do.
It is a combination of what you do and how many hours. If you just run around the office dropping papers off at desks, you will probably work minimum wage. If you are sitting in a desk typing and writing files all day, you will be paid more by a few dollars per hour because you know how to write these files. You are hired by what you know and can do.
I have had jobs that the pay was based entirely on your productivity. The downside to that is it causes some people to try to cut corners to save time leading to shoddy work.
It should not be based on who you are. I hate when the bosses nephew or something gets a job he/she isn't even qualified to do. Especially when there is a qualified, experienced worker ready to take on that position.
The reality of the fact is that most jobs pay based on how many hours you work. Probably 85% of the jobs that are worked are hourly. Unfortunately this leads to people attempting to waste as much time as possible.
The solution is simple. An hourly wage (about half your pay) + commission type pay for tasks accomplished + bonuses for exemplary work. If a system like that were set up I think it would motivate all employees not only to work quickly, but to do the best work possible because the combination of the two would equal the highest reward.
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