There is no doubt that rewards are helpful in improving the morale of your team. In most cases these rewards are given at the end of a task for achievement. The challenge with bonus type rewards is that they have a similar effect to chemical dependence, as over time you need more and bigger rewards to have the same effect. But there may be a better way! Consider when you first started dating… Which were the most memorable gifts that got the best response… Those you gave for occasions such as birthdays, Valentines and so on, or the unexpected ones that you bought ‘just because’?
In most cases I would suggested that it would have been the unexpected ones. What if you start rewarding your employees in a similar way and make your employee rewards random and unexpected? Doing it this was means that your reward acts as a ‘cause’ for employee motivation. The ‘reward’ could be monetary, a gift of time off, or even just simple things like lunch out, flowers, chocolates. The random nature of the rewards and when they are received, actually increases the uncertainty and the ‘thrill when a reward is received’. This leads to an even bigger sense of accomplishment and satisfaction which in turn has a positive effect on their results at work. Don’t take my word for it though, try it out for yourself! Pick an employee and reward them with something nice….just because…and see what happens.