Word of the Day: incentive

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Word of the Day: incentive

1. a positive motivational influence

2. an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output

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The word incentive has appeared in 551 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 16 in “Why Amazon Workers Sided With the Company Over a Union” by Karen Weise and Noam Scheiber:

Mr. Brooks is one of almost 1,800 employees who handed Amazon a runaway victory in the company’s hardest-fought battle to keep unions out of its warehouses. The result — announced last week, with 738 workers voting to form a union — dealt a crushing blow to labor and Democrats when conditions appeared ripe for them to make advances.

For some workers at the warehouse, like Mr. Brooks, the minimum wage of $15 an hour is more than they made in previous jobs and provided a powerful incentive to side with the company. Amazon’s health insurance, which kicks in on the first day of employment, also encouraged loyalty, workers said.

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