So here is an odd bit of social engineering for you. The Associated Press reports that Bolivia is considering mandating bonuses for timely employees (Bolivia’s Morales proposes ‘punctuality bonus’, Feb 19):
The Bolivian government is pushing a bill that would encourage its chronically tardy citizens to show up to work on time.
President Evo Morales’ proposal would order public and private employers to pay a “punctuality bonus” to workers who go a whole month without arriving even a minute late.
Ignore the Big Brother aspect of this for a moment, and ask yourself whether this might work. I suspect it won’t. If it were as easy as having a little incentive pay, don’t you think everyone would be doing it already? I would guess that for many firms they need to have X workers in order to get everything up and running. Having X-1 is insufficient and little gets done until they have a quorum. Those employers may now face paying bonuses to a number of workers for being punctual but not necessarily productive because the bonus is not to guarantee that everyone is there.