Not for the money

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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At work there I received an email from the ever-changing HR department attached is the, once again, new Performance Appraisal form and a mandatory meeting to discuss the new pay for performance model. Not being of fan of paperwork or meetings I began to feel my blood pressure rise as I read the e-mail/ meeting invite. I consider e-mailing the head of HR an e-mail with links to multiple studies which demonstrate that pay for performance models do not work.  I decide, because I really for the most part enjoy working, to not send the links. I also hope that maybe the meeting will highlight that HR and the board of directors have abandoned the ineffective pay for performance model.


I send the links to my home e-mail and read through the studies that night and discover some interesting facts about people and one fact that overrides all studies is that quality work is less about the money and more about the people doing the job. This is something that seems simple enough but often gets overlooked. Quality professions despite their pay will give you quality work. Crazy right.

I then wonder am I providing quality work to my employer? I certainly hope so. I want to be remembered for something good at work not something poor. This concept of pride in ones craft is something HR will only be able to instill with quality in their work as well. Their has to be a culture established at work and establishing this culture will not be accomplished through gimmicks like the pay performance model. A culture of high quality work and workers can be established with an employee employer relationship that is both respectful and transparent. Let all employes know how the company is doing. What the years sales and profits look like. What direction the company would like to go in? Engagement will cultivate this culture not bribery. You should not  employ a carrot and stick philosphy and expect good results.

When will we all realize that the singer Jessie J had it right when she sang “Price Tag”

Okay, Coconut man, Moon Heads and pea
You ready?

Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the sale comes first,
And the truth comes second,
Just stop for a minute and smile

Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious?
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time

Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (uh)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight?

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching
Ain’t about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag.

[Jessie J]
We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite!
And it wasn’t low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired?

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can’t buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now?
Guarantee we’ll be feeling alright



Yeah yeah
Well, keep the price tag
And take the cash back
Just give me six strings and a half stack
And you can, can keep the cars
Leave me the garage
And all I, yes all I need
Are keys and guitars
And guess what, in 30 seconds
I’m leaving to Mars
Yeah we leaving across
These undefeatable odds
It’s like this man
You can’t put a price on a life
We do this for the love
So we fight and sacrifice
Every night
So we ain’t gonna stumble and fall
Waiting to see or send a sign of defeat
Uh uh
So we gonna keep everyone
Moving their feet
So bring back the beat
And then everyone sing
It’s not about the money

[Chorus 2x]

[Jessie J ‒ Outro]
Yeah yeah
Forget about the price tag





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