Here’s a Thought: Trust Your Employees and Throw Away the Clock

One of the icons of the Industrial Age is the time clock (aka punch clock – maybe because you’re very tempted to punch it).

In an industrial age business, the human resources are plugged into jobs that are in most cases boring, anti-creative, non-stimulating. To keep people at such drudgery, two tools are employed: hourly wages and the time clock.

The hourly wage incentivises one thing and one thing only: putting in the required number of hours of “doing the work.” The time clock is the enforcement mechanism necessary to accomplish that goal.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Industrialism is dependent on replaceable, interchangeable parts, both product parts and human resources. Think about that last term: human resources. Resources are mined out of the ground or taken off a shelf. If one fails or disappears, there are plenty more to take its place

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