Reward Systems LO13699

Edwin Brenegar III (
Thu, 22 May 1997 06:16:55 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO13690 --

Re: Extrinsic & Intrinsic reward systems.

Is there really a choice here? My sense about rewards and motivation is
that it is an art, not a science. I know organizations have to systemize
their compensation packages. But the problem is not in which should have
priority, extrinsic or intrinsic rewards. The problem is that for each
individual it is a moving target, everyday. Some days financial concerns
motivate me to work, other days the love of work, other days, commitment
to solving the problems presented to me. We aren't such simple people
that one approach to rewards is sufficient.

So what is the answer? I think that it has a lot to establishing a
culture which provides the types of experiences referred to in learning
org materials. It has to do with establishing a level of community life
which addresses the multitude of needs which each person has. We are far
too complex as people to allow a simple pay check or pat on the back to be
sufficient rewards over time. Maybe in particular instances, but not over
the long term.

Ed Brenegar


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