Carrots and Sticks

Postby onioncrafty » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:39 pm

You know how they say that disciplining should be carrots and sticks or reward and punishment. How do you know if it is working, though? My cousin, who is very close to me has a laundry business. Every time her employee does not show for work, she hollers to me for help because she has to be at the day care for her kid. As much as I want to help, I can't keep dropping everything at the last minute to help out.

She has an incentive for attendance for her employees - when does she throw in the towel and admit that the incentive is not working?
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:38 am

How do you know it is not working?

If the employee does not show to work 10% of the days, then without the reward for attendance the employee might not show up 20% of the days. Every owner of a business has to balance how valuable an employee might be with issues of employee performance. If the owner gets rid of the employee, how much time must be spent training a new employee?

Here is the question. When your cousin hollers at you for help, what punishment are you using on your cousin? When are you going to throw in the towel and recognize you are rewarding your cousin every time you respond to her request for help? While you are asking about the employee, why don't you consider the carrot and the stick you are using or failing to use with your cousin?
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