Magazine article Personnel Journal

Recognize Team Success

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Recognize Team Success

Article excerpt

GROUP INCENTIVE PLANS REward team effort. They define the measures of success for the unit and reward all or some employees for improved performance. They can be a powerful tool for aligning employee behavior with organizational goals.

Jerry McAdams, author of a new book called "The Reward Plan Advantage" (published by Jossey-Bass), suggests the following pointers for managers who seek to develop a motivated and productive workforce:

Group incentive plans are about teamwork. The plans should be formula-driven, with a preannounced reward schedule and little or no management discretion in the distribution of the awards. Measurements for rewards should be conducted by each organizational unit.

Management discretion in distributing awards confuses employees as to who the customer really is. If employees rely on their managers to give them awards, then whom will employees strive to please?

Contrary to popular opinion, group incentive plans are not compensation plans. They are a way of engaging people to make a difference. …

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