"Not surprisingly, most industrial workers resisted such schemes. One worker at the Ford Motor Company complained that 'when the whistle blows he starts to jerk and when the whistle blows again he stops jerking.' At Ford and elsewhere, a common response to the brutal intensification of work was absenteeism and high quit rates: in 1913, Ford's daily absentee rate was 10 percent, while annual turnover exceeded 350 percent. To reduce turnover, which was costly to the company, Ford doubled the daily wages of his most valued employees, to five dollars a day. This strategy was successful in stabilizing the labor force and reducing operating costs."
I'm not sure why, but this all reminds me of a story attributed to W.C. Fields. It seems Mr. Fields was dining with a woman and asked, "Tell me madam, would you sleep with me for a million dollars?" The woman blushed and said she thought she would. "Ah then," W.C. responded, "would you sleep with me for five dollars?" She found that offensive: "Why sir! What kind of woman do you think I am?" Said W.C., "Oh, I think we've established what kind of woman you are. Now we are just haggling over price."
Truth is...it wouldn't hurt me, or anyone, to consider the firmness of our standards and the firmness of our price.