November 06 2016
By: Terry L. Mathis
Nutritionists tell us vitamins are an important part of good nutrition and the ideal way to get them is in the foods we eat. If we don't get sufficient vitamins and minerals in our foods, we can take supplements. However, supplements should not simply be a substitute for eating the right foods or an excuse for indulging in unhealthy foods.
Likewise, motivation is an important part of performance and the best way to get it is in our regular daily activities. If we don't get sufficient motivation there, our organizations can supplement it with incentives, rewards and/or recognition programs. But all too often these programs are put in place to justify and supplement poor management, culture, processes or other organizational weaknesses. Before jumping into carrots and sticks, take a critical look at the environment and practices to see if they can be improved and the need for supplements removed.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.