I was going to title this thread “would you do your job better if you were paid more?” But then my train of thought led me to think that this is a throwing-money-at-it solution. That smacks at a great debate, but since I don’t have any hard data & am just asking for opinions, I felt better putting this into IMHO.
Two careers that are often sited as being high-stress & high-demand but generally low-paying: teachers & police. And the occupation that actually caused me to start this thread: janitor. I am always grateful when I walk into the bathroom at work because I have never seen it anything other than spic-and-span clean, and it always has a lemony-fresh scent no matter what time of day. I commented about this to my supervisor and he said it’s because the company has its own cleaning staff that understands what is expected of them, and they pay them damn well.
Flash back to my last employer: a money grubbing company who contracted with an outside agency to have a probable minimum wage high school student come around every three days and wipe down our bathroom with an oily rag.
This struck me as a great idea. Reward people in nasty, dirty jobs with good pay as long as they really bust their butts & do a dynamite job, and they’ll keep doing said dynamite job.
Now would this approach work with teachers & police? I have often heard that really good teachers don’t stay in teaching very long because they can make much better money actually doing what they teach. This was exactly true in my case. I taught at a technical college and always received outstanding reviews by the students when surveys were collected after the semester finals. But I just couldn’t stay there because of the low pay. I moved into the industry, doing hands-on what I used to teach, and got an instant doubling of my income.
Do you sometimes find yourself saying “they don’t pay me enough to do THAT!” when confronted with a situation that, back in the back of your mind you think that you probably should take care of but end up ignoring it because it’s not explicitly written into your job description?
Here in the nations crapitol I get the feeling that some cops just don’t give a damn. I see them cruise past me when it’s obvious that some motorist has nearly run me down in a crosswalk, and I see them do nothing while driving right behind several cars who have failed to stop at a flashing red light. I wonder if they just don’t feel like getting out of their warm cruiser at three o’clock on a cold rainy the morning to risk getting shot at over a $50 ticket. Not for $20K a year, anyway.
IMHO, if we paid certain people more and could hold them accountable for their job performance, they would do a much better job. Who would object to being held accountable for their job performance as long as they were up for a $10K raise? And wouldn’t the higher salary subsequently attract better job applicants, ultimately motivating children to be better achievers if they really want to be policemen when they grow up?
What say you?
[Thread title edited at OP request]
[Edited by TVeblen on 03-13-2001 at 01:23 AM]