Study: Some workplace rewards may actually hurt motivation

04/8/2013 | HBS Working Knowledge

One might expect that offering rewards for employees who exhibit good behavior would be a good motivational tactic, but research indicates that isn't always the case. At one plant, productivity dropped after the introduction of a program meant to encourage employees to report for work on time, researchers found. "You can't say awards are good or bad. It depends on how they're implemented," said Ian Larkin, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School.

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