‘Punishment’ or Responsible Fiscal Management?

Let’s say you’re in ‘commission sales.’ If you sell something, you get paid. If you sell more, you get paid more.

A boss is willing to approve a raise if you’re willing to demonstrate a tangible commitment to boosting sales. Improving the company’s bottom line. So rather than writing you a blank check and skipping out the door, he lays out a series of specific expectations related to your raise, including periodic progress reports.

Call it a quid pro quo. You boost your performance. He boosts some of your bucks, which, incidentally, come from other people’s money that he’s responsible for managing wisely. It may sound like, “Where’s the return on our investment?”

Is that “punishment”? Or responsible fiscal management on behalf of the shareholders?

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One thought on “‘Punishment’ or Responsible Fiscal Management?

  1. So the real question is does the performance proceed the reward or is it the other way around? In general, I look at it as the former. As a society I think we are going of the direction of give me my rewards first and then I will work harder, but once we get our reward, we slip back into our old ways and do not preform as we had promised. This is not true for all, but the union mentality is always this way. Minimum wage is a different animal all together, even worse, but that is a different discussion.
    Thank God, that for Christians, the reward came in the form of Jesus before the performance; because if we had to preform for the rewards Jesus offers us, we all continue to fall short.

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