With the internet and electronic communication prevalent today, a lot of knowledge can be shared easily. With a more common denominator at least within a group, perhaps you'll get the more desired proportionality of money and work.
The truth is, however, at least where I work, that the manager (aka "boss") does not necessarily make any more than the engineers. Or at least, not more than the more senior engineers in his group. And not only that, but it's very obvious why he becomes the so-called "boss." It is because his value at what he was doing before reached a plateau, and a manager was needed because the previous one retired.
Honestly. I'm not making this up. It happens time and time again. This is the norm, not the exception.
Now, why this person, who became the manager, suddenly finds it imperative to "play manager," by throwing his weight around when he was previously a sensible co-worker, is indeed a matter for further study. Possibly, it's because he perceives that his superiors expect this? That's my wife's explanation, at any rate. Possibly, because he expects his engineers to slack off if they aren't whipped into a frenzy, because that's what he would have done in their shoes?
I don't know. It's also possible that different engineers respond differently to requests from a manager. It's possible some engineers really do need a kick in the pants to keep at it. Me, I'm ever so grateful for the manager I currently have. The best ever.
This is very clever and intriguing. Do you have any equations that show how too much email (from miss-used reply-all and others) affects Work? I know for me, the amount of email to wade through can decrease time for productive work.