Recognition motivates employees, yet some company award programs have the opposite effect. A recent Harvard Business School study reveals that it matters a great deal how managers award employees, and for what. Freelance writer Dina Gerdeman talked with one of the study’s co-authors to find out how a well-intentioned incentive program ended up alienating a company’s most valuable employees. getAbstract recommends her article to managers who want to recognize their employees the right way.
In this summary, you will learn
- How employee award programs can backfire and
- Why rewarding past achievements works better than using incentives to change undesirable work habits.
About the Author
Dina Gerdeman is a freelance news and features writer for Harvard Business School and other outlets.