Here are the top 9 things to watch out for when rewarding employees. Get these wrong and you could end up de-motivating, rather than motivating people
You would think rewarding employees is easy. Think again. Alfie Kohn in his controversial book, Punished by Rewards, quotes studies that demonstrate rewards actually inhibit things such as creativity, risk-taking, information sharing, quick problem-solving. In addition, rewards can encourage directive command and control type behavior from supervisors.
Keep these guidelines in mind if you are going to put in place a reward and recognition program:
Ultimately you need to decide: "Will the program we've decided upon, destroy or build our culture?"
Your rewards and recognition program needs to encourage more of the behavior, thinking and attitudes that allow your business to be successful.
To Successfully Reward Employees Ensure They:
1. Come away with an enhanced sense of self-determination and control over what they do
2. Are not being controlled or manipulated
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