March 17, 2014
“The carrot and stick are applied tools for change and development but an individual and an organization yields better results one carrot at a time rather than the stick sometimes. The stick makes a point as carrots build alliances and sticks weary potential internal combatants if over used. It is best to work with those groomed by a carrot than those driven by a stick. The goal is to find the balance in both.”
“A new look at the “carrot and stick” approach to motivation” considers the phenomenon of how to balance incentives and demotivators in the dosage required for sustainable change is the challenge but vital. “Frederick Herzberg researched the sources of employee motivation during the 1950s and 1960s, he discovered a dichotomy that still intrigues and baffles managers: The things that make people satisfied and motivated on the job are different in kind from the things that make them dissatisfied,” reports the Financial Post.
The rule of carrot and the stick is embedded in the organizations cultural DNA. The key to determining the balance is asking what are you trying to produce and the outcome achieved reveals the carrots and the stick balance.