Here’s one example that I’ve run up against a number of times. I know plenty of other folks who have as well, so I’m not being especially facetious or arrogant in positing this as a case study.
You can do your job, week in and week out, in just one day (yes: for whatever reason, you are many times over as effective at the job as the job ["job"] warrants). All your commitments are met, no one has cause to complain about your performance, it actually would reasonably take someone else a full week to do what you can do in a day. There is either no indication, or it is explicitly clear, that you will not be compensated in kind for your performance.
Here is how I have reacted:
- Specifically not do more for the benefit of the team [I should describe in full why I think this option is important to consider - perhaps I'll update this post when I've more time].
- Do more anyway to fulfill some personal need.
- Do more anyway because I thought I could somehow use my demonstrated superior performance to leverage some kind of alternate compensation.
- Negotiate a strange deal with my boss and do an additional day or two more.
- Do my one work day and invest the remaining four days elsewhere.
The first and last are the only ones that have satisfied me for more than a very short duration.