U.S. - A computer programmer claims he increased his productivity at work by hiring a woman to slap him every time she catches him looking at Facebook.
Maneesh Sethi placed an advert on the Internet to recruit someone willing to monitor what he was looking at on his laptop. The computer expert and writer, from San Francisco, now pays a female employee $8 (N1,242) an hour to strike him in the face if she spots him wasting time on social media.
Mr Seethi claims the unusual motivational system has helped him boost his productivity from just 35% to around 98% during the working day.
'Now that the average worker's job is to sit in front of a computer, often with no supervision, it's no surprise that we are only productive three days each week. Having worked mostly alone, on my computer, I found that the majority of my time is spent unproductively.'
Mr Seethi adds: 'Nothing makes me more embarrassed than seeing the amount of hours I spend wasted on Reddit and Facebook chat. I figured 'This is stupid, why am I wasting this time doing nothing? When I have a boss, or someone of authority watching me, I always get my work done. How can I simulate the authority figure?'
'Naturally, I believe that an authority figure should have real authority. So I put up an advertisement, and waited to see if anyone would bite.'
In his Internet advert, Mr Seethi wrote gave the basic description of the 'slapping job' and named the compensation ($8 (N1,242) per hour).
Mr Seethi says: 'Within minutes, my inbox began blowing up. I received 20 emails in less than an hour from people who loved the idea. I read through them, found one that stood out, and hired her to meet me at a cafe the day after. The next day, at 9am, I found Kara sitting and waiting for me.
'Pulling up a seat, I gave her the basic instructions - she would monitor me for the next few hours, and make sure that I was staying on task. I gave her a list of action items that I needed to accomplish, and made her promise to force me to stay on task.'
The computer programmer claimed the ever-present threat of a physical assault helped him to radically boost his output by staying focused on his work.
He says: 'The Slap Challenge added a playful, silly element to working. It gave me a non-conventional reminder of what I was supposed to be doing - and it ended up being something I didn't want to happen again.
Isn't it a good idea? Moreover, paying someone is an additional impetus... What do you think? Would you hire a person to remind you to get back to work and supervise you?