Beware of Your Assumptions about What People Will Do

Beware of Your Assumptions about What People Will Do

I was listening to a podcast the other day with Esther Duflo, a recent winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, who was talking about the importance of empirical evidence when you’re trying to change things (in her context, reducing global poverty). A lot of economists base their interventions around some logical assumptions that turn out not to be true when you look at real behavior. For example, they assume that if a community loses a big factory that was essentially the only source of employment, that people would then move to a new area where there were jobs or develop new skills in order to start a new career. But that’s not what happens. The costs of making that change (both financial and psychological) are too steep, so people frequently end up staying. Bail bonding is likely the most misunderstood profession in our legal system. Lawyers, clerks, even magistrates within the criminal justice system who are exposed to bail bonds on a daily basis can often on give the most basic explanation of the process. Compound this with the fact that most citizens who find themselves in the position of needing a bail bondsman (or at least thinking they do) will often be in a confused state due to the stress of having a loved on incarcerated. Needless to say bail bondsman tend to enjoy more than a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating the terms of their service, if any negotiating is done at all. You can pop over to this site for the 24Hour New Haven Bail Bonds Financing. So how does an individual without any knowledge about what is really involved with this mysterious profession make sure they are not paying more than what is reasonable? Let me start by clearly stating that the intent of this article is to explain only enough about bail bonding itself to give the reader enough knowledge to get the best price. I do not intend to outline the entire bail bonding process because, in reality, it is not necessary to understand the details to get the best price. In addition we are talking about LARGE bail bonds. No bail bondsman is going to be interested in getting into a heated negotiation over a $1,000 bail bond. You either pay the fee or your bailee will likely just stay incarcerated. There is one mandatory subject that must be covered so that you limit your negotiations to bail bonding companies that are in a position to actually help you and that is the difference in Surety and Property bail bondsman. That will be covered shortly, first lets look at the typical bail bond. The generally accepted price for a bail bond is 10% of the bond amount, so for example a bondsman will charge you $100 to post a $1,000 bail bond. It's common practice in this industry to tell clients that this price is completely non negotiable because the percentage rate is set by law and cannot be altered. This is only partially true. This is where the importance and understanding the two types of bail bonding companies comes into play and it has everything to do with collateral.

We do the same kind of thing in organizations all the time. Consider core values posters, for example. The assumption is rational: if you tell people what your core values are and how important they are, then people will behave in accordance with the values. That’s why you put those posters on the wall and dedicate a small portion of your all-staff meeting every now and then to highlighting the values. Yet I see lots of organizations where the behavior is not consistent with the posters. There are high-profile examples, like Enron, whose posters boasted of honesty and integrity, but the behavior landed a lot of people in jail for fraud. But usually it’s not so sinister. It’s more like “transparency” is a core value, yet a lot of departments don’t share information with each other because they still think that information is power, or they don’t want other departments messing with their stuff. You need more than core values posters to make sure people behave in ways that make your organization successful.

So if you’re going to have core values posters, then you should also be gathering some empirical data about people’s behaviors. Maybe instead of that annual engagement survey where you ask people what they like and don’t like about your organization, you should be drilling down into the behaviors people are experiencing on a regular basis. Start connecting some dots between what you thought people were going to do, and what they’re actually doing. This, by the way, is a part of culture management that we don’t see a lot of organizations doing very well—systems for collecting ongoing metrics on employee experience that are tied directly to what makes both employees and the organization successful. The insights from employee experience data will help you debunk some of the assumptions you had about how your people will behave.

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