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piecework

a system of PAY in which an individual's WAGE is related to his or her output. In some cases payments are based entirely on the volume of output (for example fruit picking), in others employees receive a ‘floor’ wage supplemented by additional payments proportional to the value of the time saved where output is achieved in less than the time allotted. The latter relies on the calculation of standard times to perform given tasks and hence usually makes extensive use of WORK MEASUREMENT. In the past, piecework has often given rise to INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS difficulties, especially when workers are unable to achieve normal expected bonuses because of factors outside their control, for example non-availability of stock.

piecework

a system of PAY in which an individual's WAGE is related to his or her output. In some industries this type of ‘payment by results’ system is used because of its potentially beneficial impact upon worker motivation and PRODUCTIVITY; other industries make little use of it because of their particular difficulties in determining appropriate piece-rates per unit of output.
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We reckon piecework rate's about one-and- sevenpence-farthing an hour .
The concept of piecework was evolved further and it is defined as attaching an earnings value to a unit of a commodity produced by an individual or group of individuals.
We have been trying to get our product into additional stores so that we can increase our revenue, and we would like to acquire additional piecework vendors for that same reason."
But it is hard work, it is precarious work, and it is academic piecework. People love to sew but no one wants to make coats at home for 12 cents a coat for twelve hours a day.
(3) These changes are not substantial for our definition: for the years in which figures were available, households reporting income from commissions and tips, piecework, overtime, year-end bonuses, incentives, other bonuses, and profit sharing under the categories of income from corporations and businesses acting as corporations did not exceed 0.01% of the total.
As explained in my 1986 book, Tifaifai and Quilts of Polynesia, on many islands of eastern Polynesia, the syncretic form of piecework and applique quilts and quilt-like textiles replaced barkcloth that was once used for ceremonial practices.
This seemed encouraging, until a trend emerged in which it was obvious that this had become a piecework process in which the luck of the draw in what agent was selected to examine the application determined its fate.
Sweeney continued: Family physicians will provide medical homes for our patients and be paid based on the number of people we care for and quality care standards, not by piecework. Relative value units will be banished forever as the measure of our productivity and our worth as physicians.
Some were paid piecework. To pay a piecework rate it must be equivalent to the federal minimum wage," said Deanne Amaden, regional director of public affairs for the U.S.
Doctors who are paid on a piecework basis are motivated to maximize revenue by treating more people and giving more treatment to every patient who walks in the door.
sails among the never-finished piecework, his voice winding in
centred on art, andwe are please that the Martin Creed pieceWork No 837, to be shown at Tate Liverpool in 2012, is already contributing to this debate.