Getting the feel for employee rewards

Is your incentive program sticky enough?
By Darryl Hutson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2002

Does your company’s recognition program have the right touch? Does your incentive program help them keep a handle on employee morale and motivation? Unfortunately, as history shows, many program managers often find lasting results slip through their fingers.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether touching up an existing reward structure or feeling your way through your first incentive program, start by asking the questions: What’s the “texture” of the reward? Sticky or slippery?

Sticky rewards are memorable — they stick in the recipient’s mind and reinforce the relationship between the reward-earner and the reward-provider. Slippery rewards have fleeting impact and often slip the recipient’s mind.