Re: Catch 22?
I think you missed the point. The point is not to get work done, in fact CEOs are quite happy to do no work whatsoever and still receive compensation.
The point is to get money, and if necessary resort to shady tactics as long as you feel safe enough that you won't get caught. Sometimes you don't even get caught until you're dead, which is the outcome that everyone hopes for.
Case in point, all of the robber barons assume that they won't get caught as long as they believe they can force their employees to never discuss their compensation.
Turns out that talk is cheap, and when the economy is a dumpster fire people are more willing to take up their torches and pitchforks when they get stiffed out of a raise.
And the cycle repeats itself, as every empire since the beginning of recorded history.