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Behavioural Safety and Incentives

Many organisational senior management programmes, employ some type of incentive process. Incentives may or may not work in certain situations, but the mechanism-of-effect needs to be understood if the process is to be considered effective.

The primary question is whether incentives are an effective way to motivate managers, while the psychological research considers remuneration, status and fairness, for instance. The evaluation itself is often more of a motivator than the rewards that may go with it. Money from these evaluations is a signal that a person is valued.

In many cases safety isn't seen as a situation deserving of special attention, so often isn't incentivised in any way other than with lip service.

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