We are trying to come up with ways to get employees to be more productive, without sounding like we are being slave drivers. I used to have a roommate who was a welder, and he was paid for every fitting he was able to weld during his shift, pretty much leaving how much money he wanted to make up to him. I want to know if there are any shops out there that have tried to pay their employees, using this method. I would think it would go something like this. The employee makes $16.00 per hour. The machine they run has been proven that it can produce 10 parts per hour. If we set a goal of 80%, that would mean that the employee would have to produce 8 parts per hour at $2.00 per part to make his $16.00 rate. The upside is, that employees, with minimal effort, can give themselves a raise to $18.00 or even $20.00 per hour depending on how hard they want to work. Produce more parts, and make more money. Granted, this is all dependent on them producing good parts. If the employee has downtime between parts and wants to make even more, they could possibly be assigned a small job assembling parts with o-rings and seals and get something for that. I would think, it would benefit both the shop and the employees equally. As it stands right now, employees feel they can make 4 per hour, 6 per hour, or 10 per hour and still make the same, so why put more effort in when the pay is the same? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.