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Jun 9, 2013
What some of you arguing for phb seem to fail to consider is that he cannot pick an arbitrary moment (just before raises) to reset the terms of what should be in a contract. Not fair play.
May 10, 2011
i've had exactly the same boss for 3 years.

he would raise our thresholds so that we would barely ever get a bonus.
also if you didn't reach the threshold on one of the projects you worked on, it would be SUBSTRACTED from the bonus you would get from remaining projects.
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Oct 18, 2010
Another mirror-in-the-face-of-management Dilbert.

Well, this is exactly the way the world works: the bar always gets raised. Unfair... but definitely the way even you and I react.

When we get "exceptional service" we expect it next time, even if it was due to an exceptionally compassionate (or boss-hating) person serving us. We, as humans, don't factor in variability because we usually are so stressed that we think we found relief in a chink in the armor of the world at large. Where is PHB different from you or me?

It makes me mildly sick (not greatly so) to see so many comments that are clearly opposed to the PHB's normal (and normative?) behavior.

There's a lot of crybabies who can't stomach the corporate world (so they say) but go to work the next day to spread their cheeks for the bucks. (I was one once.) Why not show some integrity and stop expecting saintliness from the corporate life... or leave it.
Oct 18, 2010
Well this accurate, except for the retroactively part, he´d get his bonus, but for the next month the boss will rise his quota. That is why some companies re using other reinforcements methods, since they realize that there a point where the sales person stop trying to achieve more, because they only gonna set the bar higher .........
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Oct 18, 2010
Yeah.. I had thoughts of that system myself when I was writing about this. Far as I can tell, the remedy is entrepreneurship, which big business tends to stifle, and big business is on the rise.
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