A little friendly rivalry can boost employee performance. But if you don't handle contests carefully, they can backfire. Whether on a sales team or anywhere else in an organization, reward programs and contests are supposed to motivate each member of a team to perform at the top of his or her game.But I’ve seen situations—even in large, sophisticated companies—where the program becomes a hotbed of resentment and frustration.If you want your award program to promote achievement and team morale while taking you closer to your corporate goals, follow these five rules.1. Announce the Program Well in AdvanceIt’s amazing how many companies wait until mid-year to announce an award program that, by then, has been going on for months, unbeknownst to the team
You may think you’re getting more accomplished by working longer hours. You’re probably wrong.There’s been a flurry of recent coverage praising Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to be with her kids. Apparently she’s been doing this for years, but only recently “came out of the closet,” as it were.What’s insane is that Sandberg felt the need to hide the fact, since there’s a century of research establishing the undeniable fact that working more than 40 hours per week actually decreases productivity.In the early 1900s, Ford Motor ran dozens of tests to discover the optimum work hours for worker productivity.
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