One of the icons of the Industrial Age is the time clock (aka punch clock – maybe because you’re very tempted to punch it).
In an industrial age business, the human resources are plugged into jobs that are in most cases boring, anti-creative, non-stimulating. To keep people at such drudgery, two tools are employed: hourly wages and the time clock.
The hourly wage incentivises one thing and one thing only: putting in the required number of hours of “doing the work.” The time clock is the enforcement mechanism necessary to accomplish that goal.
Via The Learning Factor