Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

incentive | incentivise

incentive
Meaning(s)
1) something that motivates/encourages someone to do something
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    • offer someone an incentive to do something
  • Analysis

    An incentive is something which is used as motivation or to encourage someone to do something, to work or become more productive. An incentive can also be an investment or a payment which serves to encourage output or investment.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There was little to no incentive for me to help Brian. Not only is he always ungrateful, he would never return the favour. 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The manager motivated his tired, overworked team to complete the project by offering them the incentive of a week's paid holiday upon completion. 
    2. Tax relief is permitted on spending on eco-friendly technologies as an incentive for companies to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Kate incentivised her staff by providing them with stock options. That way they felt that they had even more of a vested interest in the company succeeding.
    2. Research shows that staff are more motivated by non-cash incentives than bonuses in their salaries or cash payments.
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