Hassle F(r)ee

I have some workers that are a hassle. They don’t see emails, take forever to get jobs done, need to be jollied along constantly, and – for the worst part – ae completely mystified when called out on their behaviour. I can say, “Hey Bob, this is the fifth email I’m sending you on this, please stop ignoring me!” And I will get back a plaintive wide-eyed response, “But I never ignore you!”

I have a hankering, – don’t know exactly how practible it is – to implement a hassle fee. “Here is your pay rate. And for every email unanswered within x hours, I reduce it by $10.”

Anyone think this might have potential?