Two Writing Samples
MPA Advises Intrinsic and Extrinsic Incentive Programs for Improving Business
By Karen Cioffi
There’s a new kid on the block, the Motivation Professionals Association (MPA). This new association made its debut at The Motivation Show 2010.
According to an article at Incentive Magazine, the goal of the MPA is to help “companies integrate the authors, trainers, and speakers of the personal development and personal motivation industry with the incentive industry.”1
CEO of Engagement Partners and MPA Founding President Ira Ozer explained the benefit of combining employee motivation, along with extrinsic rewards, “When we combine motivation psychology and the personal and intrinsic motivation methods of leading experts with the extrinsic rewards of incentive programs, we create better results than using either method alone.”1
Pete Erickson, managing director of The Motivation Show, added that incentive programs skillfully coupled with employee recognition, training, meetings, communication, and loyalty programs are known to improve business.
The plans for MPA, Erickson noted, is to “provide our current community with education and best practices in the field of personal development and training.”1 It will also bring fresh blood, a new audience of buyers and suppliers who are keen on finding out more in regard to employee engagement programs, including employee incentives and recognition.
As mentioned above, the two incentives need to be skillfully combined. Using the sports arena as an example, “athletes in highly competitive levels of sport may experience decreases in their intrinsic motivation because of the increasing use of extrinsic rewards.”2 Offsetting the increase of extrinsic rewards by adding or increasing intrinsic rewards will be a necessary strategy to keep employees satisfied.
Offering the best of both worlds, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation will go a long way in retaining valuable employees and acquiring new talent, this in turn will improve the company’s bottom line. Satisfied and engaged employees are motivated to be an asset to the company.
Subcutaneous Injection Reactions are on the Decline
By Karen Cioffi
Allergen immunotherapy is effective in the treatment of allergic rhinitis and its improvements may carry on for several years after treatment has ceased. This therapy can temper the progression of allergic disease and may foil the development of new allergies.
Administered subcutaneously (under the skin), the primary risk of allergen immunotherapy is a local or systemic anaphylactic reaction. From surveys and retrospective studies, the risk of a systemic reaction has been calculated as 0.1–1% per injection, and about 5% per patient per year. Systemic reactions range from mild to fatal.
In the first year of surveillance in a prospective survey of nearly 2,000 allergists across the U.S., there were no deaths reported as a result of the therapy, Tolly G. Epstein, MD, of the University of Cincinnati, and colleagues reported at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting (ACAAI). “Fatal anaphylactic events may be declining in the U.S.,” Epstein said.
Previous estimates put the number around 3.4 deaths a year, or one death in 2.5 million injections.
Epstein and her colleagues asked physician members of the American Academy and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI and ACAAI) to complete an annual web-based survey that asked about fatalities, systemic reactions, and reaction severity after SCIT.
Adverse reactions are basically classified into 2 categories: (1) local reactions, which can exhibit redness, severe itching, and swelling at the injection site, and (2) systemic reactions (SRs) that spread through the body. SRs can range in severity from mild rhinitis to fatal cardiopulmonary arrest.
Early administration of epinephrine, which is the preferred treatment for anaphylaxis, may prevent the progression of an SR to a more serious life-threatening problem. Although there is little debate about using epinephrine to treat a subcutaneous injection therapy (SCIT) SR, there is a lack of consensus about when it should be first used. A uniform classification system for grading SCIT SRs will be helpful in assessing more accurately when epinephrine should be administered.
The feasibility of annual surveillance of SRs associated with SCIT injections has been demonstrated. This surveillance study will continue to monitor SCIT adverse events in parallel with vigorous efforts instituted by members of professional organizations aimed at reducing the risk of severe reactions.
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