How to Create a Work Incentive Chart

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How to Create a Work Incentive Chart
Inspire kids to perform with an incentive chart. (Indeed/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A work incentive chart inspires people of all ages to reach rewards by accomplishing tasks. Creating a chart is an easy activity that will motivate the people around you to get things done and see their progress toward a goal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poster board or white board
  • Markers

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  1. 1

    Determine which activity you will track and how you will measure incentives. If you have weekly chores or other tasks that must be completed, break them down into measurable amounts. For example, if your child has three chores a day, the goal would be 21 for the week.

    Define the incentive for reaching the goal. This is the motivating factor for reaching the goal.

  2. 2

    Lay out your poster board or white board so that the narrow sides are on the top and bottom. Draw horizontal lines across the board and label each line with a number representing number of tasks competed. The lowest number will be at the bottom and the highest number on the top.

    Draw a colourful line at the goal number and write the incentive, for example, "$5 allowance" or "pizza party."

  3. 3

    Draw two vertical lines in the centre of the chart. Each week, update the chart with colourful markers by filling in the area between the lines. Use the numbered lines as your guide. Once all of the tasks have been completed, you should be at your goal/incentive line.

Tips and warnings

  • When you define the incentive for reaching a goal, make sure the people who are striving to reach the goal are included in the process.
  • Instead of colouring in the chart yourself, have your children or other participants completing the tasks fill them in.
  • Goals should be difficult to achieve, but not impossible. If the goals are too difficult to reach, the participants will lose interest.

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