Method of pay impacts volunteering

How people are paid for the work they do appears to affect how they spend their time when they’re not at work, with hourly workers showing lower rates of volunteerism, a new study says.

People paid by the hour are 36 percent less likely to volunteer their time off the job than are salaried employees, says the study by researchers at the University of Toronto and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Researchers suggest that is because hourly workers are conditioned to think about their time in terms of money.

With almost six in 10 American workers paid by the hour, that has a significant impact on volunteering in the U.S., the study says.

The time-money link also was found to exist among salaried workers, who were less likely to volunteer their time once they had calculated their pay on an hourly basis.

Pay structures can affect workers’ behavior off the job as well, the study says, with hourly workers more likely to give up leisure time to earn more money.

“The way we think about time at work is going to carry over into other areas,” Sanford E. DeVoe of the University of Toronto said in a statement.  “It comes home with you.”

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