For those of you that have been sleeping underneath a rock for the past two decades, bonus pay is pay for performance: meet a certain benchmark, and you will earn extra cash at the end of the quarter or year. It can also take the form of a general commission (IE, you get paid 10% of each sale).
Such pay is considered to be a highly effective form of motivation for a lot of different kinds of people: you can give bonuses to executives so they actually work instead of lounging on a beach in the Bahamas, you can pay line-workers for every extra widget they produce, and you can let salespeople keep a portion of every sale they make. That all makes sense.
My question is, why would you pay financial analysts or accountants bonuses on anything other than how quickly they get work done?
Does that make sense to anyone?
Me thinks that someone in charge of compensation isn't thinking correctly...but you know what they say. Once you give a kid a hammer, everything looks a nail. I'm just used to seeing that kind of mindset on internet forums or in an Econ 101 class.