Confusion, envy and other tales from the dark side of recognitionDone poorly, rewards programs can cause more problems than they solveBy Adrian Gostick12/06/2004|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2004 There’s a lot to say for the upside of employee recognition. Increased productivity. Higher motivation. Greater retention.But employee recognition can have a dark side, too.It happens when key recognition principles are overlooked. Suddenly, rather than awakening employees’ full potential, recognition rouses co-worker envy. The resulting backbiting, sabotage and selfishness can eat a business alive. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.