4 Reasons Why Reinforcement Can Fail

If we want more of a specific behavior, the best way to get it is to catch people doing it and reinforce them. Positive reinforcement is a really important management tool that can lead to better performance. Unfortunately, reinforcement can be a mine field for several reasons. Here are four ways reinforcement can lead to the opposite of the desired result.

  1. Overdone tangible reinforcement
  2. Insincere reinforcement
  3. Not perceived as reinforcing
  4. Reinforcement perceived as unfair

Learn why these 4 practices lead to disastrous results and also the antidote that will lead to the expected improvement in performance.


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