Return of Piecemeal Pay/Work

Human Resources Management

Barbara, USA

Return of Piecemeal Pay/Work

"Piecemeal work" or "piecemeal pay" mean that you pay your employee for every unit (output) they complete. In other words, their salary payment is not based on the time they worked.
It's been a while since the days of the industrial revolution when workers were rewarded for their output or even by the piece. But Tamara J. Erikson predicts a possible return of non-time-based pay in the form of task-based pay. Generation Y people (borne since 1980) are good at working on specific tasks and like working on projects during irregular hours - anytime, anywhere. Erikson believes that knowledge workers also might like institutionalizing their in fact already task-oriented jobs. (source: HBR Feb 2008, p 19).


David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Pay for Performance

Hi Barbara, in the early 1900's, individual pay rates were quite common. In the mid to late 1900's, "equal pay for work of equal value" seemed to be the trend (at least in western countries). In the 21st century, pay for performance appears to be popular. With bonuses and individual treatment for pay, I agree we have taken a step back to the past.

Janice Johnson-Lorde
Lecturer, Trinidad and Tobago

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