Instead of using short-term rewards as a motivational tool, inspire purpose in your team.
Intrinsic motivation, i.e., motivation from within, typically produces much more effective results than external motivation, such as a short-term reward system.
Short-term rewards are any rewards meant to incentivize you, or anyone else, to complete a certain task. For example, you might choose to reward your daughter with a candy bar after she completes her homework everyday.
Short-term rewards tend to promote a narrow-minded way of thinking in which completing the task is more important than completing it in the right manner. Not only do short-term rewards crush creativity, but they can also promote unethical behavior. Furthermore, studies show that short-term rewards can actually decrease your intrinsic motivation in the long term.
- Introduce practices that help your team/employees feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.
For example, you could give individual employees a sum of money to donate to the charity of their choice. Alternatively, you could give your employees a “free day” every week or month, when they can spend the whole day working on the aspect of their job that is most meaningful to them.
Set up one practice to inspire purpose in your team.
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