In his most recent Wall Street tome, Money And Power: How Goldman Sachs Came To Rule The World, William Cohan wrote of a GS partner who several years back, sought to teach a group of new employees the values of stick-to-itiveness and having "the right attitude." To do so, he "summoned a group of i-banking greenhorns to a conference room at 5PM on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend," showed up at 10PM and fired those who'd left early. Lessons were learned.
Obviously, this little exercise would still hold up as an effective behavioral tool today. Having said that, 1) it's been done, so people will see it come a mile away and act accordingly and 2) if you're an employer who'd like to really crank up the heat on your staff, consider the following scenario:
A Vallejo man was found in a child's swing Saturday morning after reportedly being stuck for about nine hours, police said. At about 6 a.m., a groundskeeper of Blue Rock Springs Park heard a man screaming when he arrived at work. He then called the police to investigate. Upon arrival, police found a 21-year-old man stuck in a child's swing, which has two leg holes. The man told police that he had been stuck in the swing since 9 p.m. Friday after he allegedly made a $100 bet with his friends. He proceeded to lube himself with laundry detergent to get into the swing, police said. The friends then reportedly left him swinging through the night.
Vallejo firefighters then were called to rescue him by cutting the swing chains off. He was then transported to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, where firefighters used a cast cutter to cut the swing off his body, firefighters said. He sustain non-life threatening injuries.
A few tweaks would be necessary, of course. You'd have to hire someone to blindfold the subject of your experiment, lube him or her up, place him or her in the swing and leave without saying anything, with those passing the test being the ones who remain, calm, cool and collected, biding their time until someone cuts them out and those failing and subsequently losing their jobs being the ones who scream for help. And you might get a small amount flack from HR as with everything, pros/cons. Just a suggestion.
Friends leave man stuck swinging at Vallejo park [Times Herald]