Carrot & Stick: that doesn’t work on Programmers!

Bytes Unwired

'A raise might destroy their initiative. The good old carrot and stick bonus keeps them focused.'

Carrot & Stick – by definition “a policy of offering a combination of rewards and punishment to induce behaviour”, perhaps the oldest methodology for motivation in organisations doesn’t work for tech companies. There are many reasons for that, I will discuss them later. Any engineering solution just can’t follow this kind of rigid methodology to motivate their employees. Still, I can see many software companies here in India and elsewhere following it blindly.

It was a great talk – ‘The Puzzle of Motivation‘ by Dan Pink. The quotes from the talk:

There is a mismatch between what science knowsand what business does.And what worries me, as we stand here in the rubbleof the economic collapse,is that too many organizations are making their decisions,their policies about talent and people,based on assumptions that are outdated,unexamined,and rooted more in folklore than in science.And if…

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