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August 2nd, 2018

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Cornell University research* shows that immediate rewards increase intrinsic motivation, the positive feeling that comes from doing a task or activity and the factor that drives people to persist in the task after the reward is removed.







So what?

When you give people an immediate bonus for working on a project or task, rather than waiting until the end of the task, you increase their interest and enjoyment in the work and they are more motivated to pursue the activity for its own sake.

What to do?

  1. Give smaller, more frequent bonuses throughout a project or during the year.
  2. Celebrate milestones along the way with gift certificates, dinner for two, a team outing, pizza party, or other rewards that people value.
  3. Provide specific, reinforcing feedback on a regular basis.
  4. Send people to coveted conferences/meetings/courses.
  5. Give them time off with pay.

*Cornell University. “It’s about time: Immediate rewards boost workplace motivation.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 June 2018. <>.


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