Key Concepts in Human Resources Management is an essential guide to the theories and issues that define the field - from the critical debates to the more practical considerations that every student should be aware of.52 short entries will serve to orientate the student round the need-to-know essentials. Entries will include Employment Tribunals, Benefits, Corporate Social Responsibility, Discipline and Grievance, Control, Employee relations, Incentive schemes, Motivation, Organizational culture, Strategic HRM, Victimisation.A range of relevant HR applications will be given for each term.A selection of recommended readings are suggested for each entry.

Incentive Schemes

Incentive schemes

The broadest definition of incentive schemes is that they represent mechanisms that seek to influence the behaviour of the intended recipient in ways determined by the designer of the scheme. There are many different types of incentive schemes and they all seek to achieve the desired influence on behaviour but through different levers depending on a range of factors, including the type of job, type of behaviour desired, employment conditions and traditions, time-scales involved, organisational culture and management beliefs.

Incentive schemes have strong links with motivation theory. Motivation theory seeks to explain why people do what they do and incentive schemes seek to utilise that understanding to deliver what the scheme designer wants. There are essentially two different types of motivation active in ...

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