There appears to be a lot of interest in positive reinforcement these days—more than ever. I think the world of work is finally ready—the stage is set and the cast is in place. The power of positive reinforcement—is ready to be experienced.The right generation of employees has arrived.
The book I wrote a couple of years ago Praise for Profit: How Rewards and Recognition are Demotivating American’s Workforce, was intended as a wakeup call to corporations that were blindly, carelessly and sometimes irresponsibly overusing “things” to replace thoughtful management practices. One danger of using incentives and tangible rewards is that they can become addictive to management; overuse and abuse are likely because these systems takes the place of personal reinforcement—something that many supervisors find uncomfortable and try to avoid. When the landscape is carpeted with money and merchandise, management depends on these inducements—these incentives, to manage human performance—while they go off to do other things they are more comfortable doing.