Men ‘slack off’ when bonuses are cut

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Male workers slack off when their bonuses are replaced with fixed salaries, while women work equally hard either way. That’s according to researchers from the universities of Frankfurt, Göttingen and Erlangen-Nuremberg, who conducted an experiment that involved paying subjects for each piece of work they did and then moving them to a fixed rate. They found there was a 12% drop in effort from men. The academics say the findings could be important for planning pay structures and incentivising staff.


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