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Tips to refine and improve your program
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If you hit a roadblock, re-consider some of these guidelines:

Identify the targeted behavior.
  • Is it showing up or showing up on time?
  • Is it total abstinence or abstinence from a drug of choice?
  • Be clear. Make sure the behavior can be observed or measured.

    Always ask the consumer about the intended prize.
  • This is not necessarily about value, a television vs. a keychain.
  • But choice : KFC vs. Dunkin Donuts; CVS vs. 7-11
  • You don't know until you ask.

    Gather some pre-incentive data.
  • This is not necessarily about value, a television vs. a keychain.
  • But choice : KFC vs. Dunkin Donuts; CVS vs. 7-11
  • You don't know until you ask.

    Advertise the incentive program.
  • If you only tell the members who are present in the room, it will take a long time
    for the word to spread.
  • Put up a poster to motivate others to participate.

    Make sure you have what you need.
  • Create a list of what it takes to run the incentive for 10 or 12 weeks in a row. Stickers,
    vouchers, raffle box, prizes, tickets, etc;

  • Gather the items together in one safe location.
  • Make sure you have budgeted enough money.

    Be consistent.
  • If you are trying to encourage consistent behavior, you must model consistent behavior.

    Give the incentive as close to the desired behavior as possible.
  • Don't find yourself rewarding clients for last week's behavior.
  • Remember to bring the fishbowl to the group room every time.

    Don't confuse rewards for good behavior with incentives.

  • Offering cupcakes or soda at your group is more of a treat, than an incentive.
  • Incentives imply contingency: If you do this, you will get that. And it must be immediate.
  • Not do this for 4 weeks in a row, and you will get a gift card. That's about rewarding
    self-motivation.


    Attitude! Attitude! Attitude!

  • If you appear hassled or bothered by the task, your clients will know it, and it will diminish
    their sense of accomplishment.
  • Be a cheerleader; be generous with your praise.

    Keep good records.
  • You want to know if it"s working or not.
  • You want to know how much it would cost for a whole year so your agency can budget for
    the cost.

    Use visuals to motivate change.

  • Let everybody see the prizes (photos of some prizes) they are working to achieve.

  • "Honey catches more bees

    than vinegar"

    So try some incentives

    to get better results!spacer

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