Work Incentive Programs

Written by Diane Sievert
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Work incentive programs have been around for quite some time now and they show no signs of disappearing anytime soon. One of the reasons they continue to both exist and multiply is their success rate. As anyone who's been involved with legitimate and well organized work incentive programs can testify, it makes work a whole lot more interesting and fun.

Work Incentive Programs Are Always a Good Idea

When you stop to think about it, you'll realize that almost everyone you know has been part of a work incentive program at some point in his or her life. Remember that reading contest sponsored by Miss Phelps's third grade class? Every time you completed a book, you got a gold star on the reading chart and at the end of the contest, the top three readers received nifty prizes--and there you have the most basic of work incentive programs.

Now, if you remember that reading contest, hopefully you remember it making the process of reading a little more interesting. That's the best part about work incentive programs; sure, the prizes are great, but the idea of getting a reward is what makes the work part of the process more bearable. It adds a new level of motivation to what would otherwise be perceived as nothing more than the typical chore.

Now if you're working with adults in a professional workplace, you might want to skip the gold stars. When it comes to developing a work incentive program, the idea is basically the same. Once you determine what the standards for earning rewards are, you can inform the employees and watch your numbers change dramatically.


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