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4 Secrets to Making Employee Bonuses Work
Chief Executive
We’re in the midst of bonus season. Before you sign those checks, think about this: While money can be an effective motivator, bonuses frequently fail to deliver incentives for better performance. Worse still, they may punish the best performers.

Does Money Make You Smart?
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
Let’s say that you make business decisions where the impact on the future of the business is not well-thought out. The decisions are praised by Wall Street but, even so, turn out to waste the resources of the business over the long term.

Why Incentives and Safety Don't Mix!
Aubrey Daniels' Blog
Dr. Judy Agnew and Dr. Aubrey Daniels challenge commonly used safety incentives.  Who doesn’t like a good challenge or contest, right?  True, but safety incentives, by their very nature and design, are set up to reward an outcome that can come at any cost. Find out why, even with the best of intentions, organizations can put themselves at risk for unsafe behavior by using safety incentives.

Injury-Based Incentives a Bad Idea for Promoting Workplace Safety
Metal Center News
Businesses often offer employees incentives to reward them for working safely. But such incentives can create problems, most notably the underreporting of accidents, and don't necessarily promote workplace safety...

How to Navigate the Bonus Season
Harvard Business Review
Bonus season can be a tough time for managers. They have to make difficult decisions about who to reward and how to best reward them...

Repetition Compulsion at Citigroup
Aubrey Daniels Blog
When I saw an article reported in the New York Times about Citigroup’s plan to increase employees’ base salaries by a much as 50% to offset the reduction in bonuses I was reminded of Sigmund Freud’s repetition compulsion...

Bonuses Don't Work? It's Elementary, Dear Watson
Aubrey Daniels Blog
I read an article from the New Zealand Herald by Simon Caulkin that caused me to alternate between depression and excitement. The title of the article is: Bonuses boost performance? Sorry, but it’s the very opposite...

For The Record: Incentives and Safety
PM eZine
At a behavior-based safety conference, I heard speakers say warn of the danger of "dangling a carrot" in front of people as a means of getting them to act safety. The implication was that safe behavior generated this way was inferior to behavior generated by other means. The words and phrases, "gimmick" and "dangling a carrot," are emotionally laden and tend to convey a superficial approach and even sinister motive behind such attempts to get people to work safely. With all due respect to the experience of those who expressed such beliefs, the issue whether incentives, gimmicks, and carrots have a place in developing an effective safety culture is not a matter of anyone’s belief, it is an empirical matter.