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the real rewards for rewards – rewarding rewards 

 November 25, 2014

By  bem_admin

If you had hoped for a blog about compensation, then click off now!!
The poll spoke loudly – institutionalized rewards just don’t ‘cut it’ anymore! Not one, I repeat, not one of the respondents wished to be nor aspired to be ‘the employee of the month’ – not ONE!

the real rewards for rewards – rewarding rewards

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If you had hoped for a blog about compensation, then click off now!!

The poll spoke loudly – institutionalized rewards just don’t ‘cut it’ anymore! Not one, I repeat, not one of the respondents wished to be nor aspired to be ‘the employee of the month’ – not ONE!

Non-institutionalized, individualized and customized rewards are welcomed with open arms. They match the timing, the situation and the person, and are those which people carry with them as part of their story. Quite often the effect travels with the person for years to come, making itself known at dinner parties, networking events etc – a great talking point indeed!

Take the example of a departing employee who requested a pictorial representation of the impact she had left on the team’s life. Another example for a birthday token could include gifts of ‘nuggets’ this person shares every day. These are limited only by imagination.

With the world changing, has the message behind rewards changed, communicating:

With the world changing, has the message behind rewards changed, communicating:

1. Care and Thoughtfulness

They don’t care what you know unless they know you care! Genuine care truly demonstrates a full understanding of the reality.

With institutionalized rewards showing no personalized effort, yet rather processing a name into a system, they are neither believable nor desirable.

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2. Recognition of uniqueness

Systems do not understand, nor respect uniqueness. People’s realities differ, and tell our own story. What a boring world if not for uniqueness!

3. Intention for an ongoing relationship

It takes time and effort to customize an experience. Think back to childhood times when beds were short-sheeted – was this as an investment of fun in the family home and an action that reinforced the intention for continuity and on-going fun?

Corporate systems communicate ‘I’m too busy’ or ‘I’m not interested to put in an effort’, thereby ensuring equal return for no investment. Unfortunate but true!

Deep systemic change is a great opportunity for us all. In the words of Bruce Barton ‘when we dare to believe that something inside ourselves is superior to circumstance’, working with institutionalized rewards will simply no longer be an option! Dare to follow me?

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Debbie Nicol

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