Incentives by any other name could be just plain old accountability and is so enmeshed in our way of living without us even realising it.
As we human beings love to procrastinate or find it comfortable to follow an easier /known path , accountability is the only way to ensure timeliness, good behaviour and discipline from us.
Also, most of them have become the reason for following the right path when in fact we should use our brains to realise the path is our reality.
So we wear a helmet or seat belt while driving to avoid a Challan and not to be safe – Go figure!
We pay our bills on time to avoid being penalised by a late fee charge; so basically we are saving money. Never mind the fact that we have to pay for what we had utilised 😉
In india, it takes a monetary scheme issued by the government to make people realise that it’s more profitable to let a girl child live.
Then there are parents who offer incentives (a carrot/reward or a stick/punishment) to their children for good behaviour, grades, eating food, etc. Even school teachers use similar approach to instill discipline in their charges.
There are heaps of wise quotes that drive home the same message – do good to receive good!!!
Take a lot at the popular adage “Early bird gets the worm” or its variant “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”– the message that’s been put across is if we become early risers, we benefit in lots of ways by gaining profits.
When we groan and moan at something tough in life, we get to hear “No pain, no gain.” Also these are my fitness instructor’s favourite words; but then he is a sadist who loves watching me sweat 😜
The one thing that really cracks me up about Incentives is our bargaining prowesses with which we indulge in with God!
Our prayers are mostly based on the premise that if God grants us something we will offer him 20 coconuts or shave our hair or walk barefoot or stay hungry – all popular modes of offering the almighty “bribe” to give us what we want.
Whether this bribery is effective or just wishful thinking, I leave to you to gauge. 😊
In fact let me ask you what do you think? What’s your most used “incentive” to get your work done? How effective is it?