Do hourly employees make sense any more?

August 29, 2009 4:27am CST
We have had many discussions around here about the changing nature of the work-life balance -- especially with laptops, wireless connections and mobile devices, the "work" part is creeping more and more into the "life" pat. That's partly why we think companies should be lot more understanding about when the "life" part creeps into the "work" pat (meaning no longer freaking out if someone happens to buy something online or visit a social network while they're "working"). It would seem that a far more effective measure of work should be whether or not you get the work you need to get done, done -- rather than how many hours you worked. There certainly may be some cases where hourly workers make sense, but in many situations where it's commonly used today, it's difficult to see why hourly wages are still the nor, over a full salary.
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I believe that for the most part, people should get paid by the job. I would prefer to be paid on a job by job basis. I think about going back to work, and look at jobs that pay an hourly wage. I feel like minimum wage is such a little amount of money for an hour's worth of work. It's kind of a scary world out there. Just think how little groceries you can buy for one hour of your time. That's sad. But we all have to do what we have to do to get by in this world that we live in.