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How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

August 23, 2017 | 534 views

How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

There are two standard ways of motivating employees:

 

1. Offer incentives, or rewards, for hard work;

2. Design consequences for those who don’t meet their goals.

 

It’s the classic carrot and stick scenario, but is it effective? Not always.

 

Many employees shrug their shoulders at rewards these days thinking that they’re more expected rather than an honor to receive. And many employees get demotivated by consequences, wondering why they should even try if they won’t get any kind of recognition or appreciation for their hard work.

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