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2007 survey done by WorldatWork of 300 private companies, 91% offered
bonuses and individual incentives to executives and management. Only 17%
awarded incentives to teams or groups of lower-level employees.
same survey, 65% of the companies with bonus plans said programs were to
reward employees. 53% indicated they use a bonus to focus employees on
goals and 51% do it to share financial success with their employees.
This is the time of year companies
think about giving bonuses and gifts to employees and customers. This may
be part of an annual rewards and recognition program, a profit motivator, or
it may have more to do with the holiday season and building relationships.
In an attempt to cover all these reasons, below is a link to a blog post on
bonuses as part of a reward program and at the bottom of the column on the
right are links to different business gift ideas from various sources.
Are Bonuses the Best Sales Motivation Reward? Add your own comments
with other ideas you have for rewarding employees to help future readers.
What motivates team members to be
successful when working together? It should be the work and ability to
contribute to the organization. However, to get better results from teams,
some organization may need to look at external incentives before expecting
the internal ones to prevail in employee minds. Leaders can make great
teams a reality if they first look at the type of team (self-managed
or self-directed) to determine whether it may be self-motivated or if
the team requires management intervention to get moving on projects.
Management should always work with the team to develop relevant goals by
SMART goals method, which should
incorporate the 4 C’s of building team goals: clarity, measurable
criteria, worthwhile challenge, and team commitment.
For more ideas on motivating a team
using various incentive, see list of
Simple Ideas for Rewarding Team Members.
Although it is hard to motivate
people with a computer, since most works require one to do their job.
Having out-dated tools can be frustrating for individuals and teams who need
to do more in less time. If the computer tools being used seem archaic, try
searching the internet to see if updates exist for a reasonable price. Then
consider whether getting the updates will make the job easier, eliminate
steps, or make it impossible to open old files before purchasing new
equipment and software upgrades or downloading add-ins and free
archives of this newsletter, there are computer tips to help connected
with the various topics covered. To find step-by-step Microsoft Office
tips or see for time saving ideas, see the articles list at
is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude
determines how well you do it." -
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