Recently there has been some conversation in the Gamification Hub and other areas about the difference between things like bribes, incentives and so on.
It is actually an interesting and very relevant question in gamification circles as they all get mentioned from time to time, so I thought I would tackle it a little here.
First, let’s look at the standard definitions (from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).
- Dishonestly persuade (someone) to act in one’s favour by a gift of money or other inducement.
- A thing that motivates or encourages someone to do something
- A payment or concession to stimulate greater output or investment.
- A sum of money added to a person’s wages as a reward for good performance.
- Give or order the giving of (something) as an official payment, compensation, or prize to (someone).
- A thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement
The first thing that strikes me is how similar bribe and incentive are in meaning. The only real difference is the intent of the person who is offering up the “something” to persuade the receiver to do an activity.