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Employee-of-the-Month Programs: Do They Really Work?

Employee-of-the-Month Programs: Do They Really Work?

Douglas A. Johnsona; Alyce M. Dickinsonb

Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2010.520144

Abstract

This article investigates Employee-of-the-Month as a technique for sustaining improved performance on a data entry task in two experiments. In both experiments, participants competed as members of a fabricated team for a “Check Processor of the Week” incentive. The first experiment assessed the impact of receiving this incentive. In the second experiment, the incentive was enhanced to include a $50 bonus for the winner. Participants always placed between 2nd and 5th place in order to assess the impact of being an unrewarded runner-up. Overall, results suggest that Employee-of-the-Month programs do not sustain improved performance and may even have detrimental effects.

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