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Expectations Are a Funny Thing

Posted on 5/5/15 10:30 AM

Expectations are a funny thing. Often they are completely reasonable, such as with the rules of the road. You expect that everyone will stop at the red light and go on the green…and speed up on that yellow. Other times our expectations can be a little bit “off.”  Does anyone really believe that a “miracle” weight loss pill is the “secret the fitness industry doesn’t want you to know”? As a matter of fact, yes. Millions of people spend billions of dollars on such “secrets” each year in the belief that chemistry can replace hard work. 

 

Expectations, however, are an important feature of the human psychology. They are mental “leaps of faith” that allow for a mostly smooth functioning daily life. If we had no expectation that people would obey traffic signals, there would be a lot more chaos on the road. If we didn’t form expectations, the future would be a dark, faceless place filled with uncertainty. In many ways, expectations drive behavior. When we “expect” a result, we begin to act in a manner that promotes that outcome. Problems only arise when expectations are either not realistic or when two people doing the same thing each have expectations for a different outcome. There is, of course, a business application for this, but let me first provide a personal illustration.

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Topics: loss prevention, loss prevention programs, career development, Consulting, Audits

Employee Training and Awareness-They Are Your Best Defense

Posted on 4/22/14 3:23 PM

One of the easiest and most direct channels for communicating the desired behavior is through a clear and concise awareness program. We can think of such programs as "education," in part because that is the main purpose, but in truth, this is our best shot at an advertising campaign.

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Topics: shrink awareness, training and awareness, employee awareness, loss prevention programs, policies and procedures, train employees

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