When Pay Ruins Everything

Neil LaChapelle, EDUCAUSE Connect, Jun 29, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post talks about 'money markets' and 'social markets', making the point that tying pay for specific work can actually lower motivation in some people (for example - if someone paid me specifically to publish OLDaily, I wouldn't feel the same attachment to it that I do). It suggests a work environment in which "you would be paid for being there, for being you, and your task load would be determined by the interplay of personal, interpersonal and team commitments. You would also have a context within with to distinguish yourself by the quality or quantity of your output." I think, in addition to economic markets and social markets there are also personal markets - the things you do to satisfy your own feeling that there are some things that simply need doing.
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