Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Norman M. Peterson

Second Advisor

Alyce Dickinson

Third Advisor

Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The problem of this study centered on using paid time off during work hours as a motivator for increased productivity. Subjects included eight males ranging in age from eighteen to twenty-four. The setting was a gasoline service station and all work was defined in terms of accomplishments. A criterion was set where accomplishments equaled a varying degree of points earned. When a predetermined number of points was reached the subject could leave the work shift early and still be compensated for the remaining time left on the shift. Upon completion of the study, the results indicated a 39.2% increase in total service station productivity. On the average subjects went from 330 points earned during baseline to 463 points earned during intervention. The results would indicate that paid time off can be manipulated to increase productivity.

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