Are You Selling Out Your Incentive and Recognition Programs?

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Do you "own" your incentive and recognition programs? I ask because it seems that many companies have abdicated their responsibility to surveys and experts who continually say that employees want "X" so in order to engage them give them "X." A smattering of examples from a quick Google search include: Cash and international travel are the most motivating incentives for …

Nintendo and the Wii – Tricking You Into Higher Performance Through “Play”…

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Sometimes, it amazes me the places you can find answers to life’s big problems.  Little did I know that the company, that brought you Prisoner of Zelda and those cute Italian plumbers Luigi and Mario, would have the answer to motivation and performance management.  While I’m sure Nintendo’s approach won’t make your employees go “Wheeeeeee” … and jump up and …

Is There a Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation?

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

Dear Fistful of Talent:  “Is there a difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation?” Yes Virginia, there is a difference. First – motivation is an internal thing.  You cannot create motivation – you can create an environment where people are motivated to focus on the objectives you want.  This is not a minor point.  Many times clients will ask… “how do …

The Paycheck – A Lousy Management Tool…

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

I was looking for a profound way to discuss the importance of reward and recognition within an organization and bumped up against a post on Fast Company, highlighting a discussion with David Glazer, an engineering Director at Google.  The discussion centered around how Google maintains its creative culture and innovative edge. From the article: "There’s an old Peter Drucker line …

Incentives in Your Company – Doing “With” vs. Doing “To”…

Paul Hebert Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Retention, Total Rewards

The typical process for developing and launching an incentive and recognition strategy at a company goes like this: BOSS:  “We need to motivate the troops.  We need to provide an incentive to do ‘X.’  Let’s put some  incentives in place – and while we’re at it – create a recognition program that changes the culture around here.  We need a …

The Soul of An Incentive Program – Why Debit Cards Don’t Deliver Rewards Impact…

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

I ended up tripping down memory lane this past week after watching "Across the Universe" – if you’re a Beatles fan – it’s a must see.  While it is hard to improve on the original songs, the soundtrack is great!  The movie traces the activities, of a group of characters, roughly mirroring the time of the Beatles.    Watching that …