One example of a time that compensation has changed someone’s behavior is when I noticed a person temporarily left where we work because of another job with higher pay. It seems that once they got this summer job though, they stopped really trying as hard at their current job, knowing that they were coming back to it. This lack of effort makes sense because the fact that this job does not pay too much more beyond minimum wage. For the area that we live in though, it does pay much more than most entry level positions. The compensation we receive also depends on how long we have been there, but if you are anything below a supervisor then it is still above the average wage even if it is not a lot more. Since this coworker found a better paying job they went for it even if it was just for the summer. There was no real incentive to stay because our company was not going to match it. Also, with this new job it seemed like their effort decreased more and more as the time for leaving got closer.
I believe that compensation motivated this behavior because they were going to a higher paying job and were ready to go there instead of staying at their current place of work. The reason this compensation made this person behave that way was because going from a lower paying minimum wage to a higher paying job, even temporarily, is a big change especially for college students who do not always have the option to work full time. Having a lower compensation job that requires a lot of work from you can become a lot to handle and make it so you do not want to work as hard. It is hard to want to give a job your all when you are barely compensated for what you have to do.
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