Can money be used as a negative incentive?

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by paul@ezpromovideos.com

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08.27.2022

Did you know money can actually have a negative impact if used the wrong way?

This is about an experience I had with my last corporate America job. I had been working for this company for about 20 years. The money was good, I had people working for me, I was growing and brought technology into the company that I am still told to this day thank you for (I just got a LinkedIn message from someone that worked with me).

So what went wrong?

The manager I worked for at the time thought he would incentivize me to do even more! At this time I had a smaller team of 5 people. We supported the developer environment with Database support, Unix Support, and other operational support. Team members were learning and growing. I was able to teach and coach the team on different aspects of the support we did. I thought everything was going well! Then I had my annual review. During that review I was told I could start earning Stock Options with the company but, I need to do more. I was help back by $5 a year from earning Stock Options. This was the incentive to work harder.

How would you respond to this?

My personal response was not a good one. I started looking for another solution to my problem. I cut back on the hours I was putting in to help out. I started working more on my other business opportunities instead. This included working closer with my mentor. Then my team was broken up and I was held back from moving with them to a more operational role. The explanation I was given was that I was needed for my expertise in one particular area.

What happened next?

One year later I that knowledge was used only one time. I went back to working on areas I brought in to the company 10 years prior. At that time I made the choice to leave the company. I have never looked back at that experience or situation again and used it to take me to the next level!

My name is Paul Caraway
More Power To You!

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