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).