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The Efficacy of Financial Incentives

Said Hasyim - The Efficacy of Financial Incentives

Financial incentive works well in industries with uninspiring work or products. Unless private bankers, insurance agents, or janitors go to work to fulfill a higher mission, financial incentive works well for them.

But, it does the opposite in industries with inspiring work or products such as non-profit organization, or startup.

People who join a non-profit organization likely do so because they believe they are making a difference to the world despite the modest pay. If you introduce a bonus system to reward each donation secured, soon, the staff's motivation turns to the monetary reward. Securing a donation becomes more important than other non-incentivized equally important tasks in the organization.