I've searched and read countless threads on this topic and here's what I've devoleped... could this actually work? Each mowing foreman will be paid weekly through a combination of a base salary and variable pay component. Each component will make up one half of the employees current 40 hour gross pay. The objective of this system is to offer a financial incentive for foreman to increase production of their crews. The desired effect is higher production for the company and more dollars per hour for the foreman the proverbial WIN / WIN. Base Salary The base salary represents a guarantee of income and would cover stuff like support duties such as equipment maintenance, marketing with doorhangers, meetings, paperwork, fueling or training sessions. The base salary will be paid equal to one half of an employees gross pay for a 40 hour week. In this case say, $220.00 per week. Variable Pay The variable pay is a set percent of each job completed with no callbacks or failed inspections. In this case the percent would equal $220.00 per week (one half employees current weekly gross) based on the current workload. As long as the work is completed successfully the foreman is guaranteed his variable pay, no matter how long it takes him to complete whether its 20 hours or 50 its up to him. Therefore the faster the work is completed the higher his hourly wage actually becomes. In the event of a callback or failed inspection the variable pay for that job is forfeited (quality control mechanism). Unlike a traditional fixed salary the variable pay system also rewards foreman when new customers are acquired by raising the variable pay amount in relation to the increased workload. Any suggestions? Should he numbers be tweaked? Would a base salary of say 25% and a variable pay of 75% be more effective.