Designing a Rewarding System

Designing a Rewarding System

Angelia Cullom

Axia College University of Phoenix

June 15, 2007

Designing a Reward System

    According to Wikipedia “a reward is that which is given following the occurrence of a

behavior with the intention of acknowledging the positive nature of that behavior, and

often with the additional intent of encouraging it to happen. The definition of reward

is not synomous with the definition of re enforcer, which includes a measured

increase in the rate of a desirable behavior following the addition of something to the

environment. There are two kinds of rewards intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic rewards

are internal to, or within, the individual; for example, satisfaction or accomplishment.

Extrinsic rewards are external to, or outside of, the individual; for example, praise or


    In psychology, motivation refers to the initiation, direction, intensity and persistence

of behavior (Gen, 1995). Motivation is a temporal and dynamic state that should not be

confused with personality or emotion. Motivation is the desire and willingness to do

something. Personality invariably refers to more or less permanent characteristics of an

individual’s state of being. As opposed to motivation, emotion refers to temporal states

that does not immediately link to behavior.

    Organizations undertaking change initiatives must engage employees. Paying the

employee instead of the job and offering variable incentives and stock are two of the

most powerful changes an organization can make in moving its reward system toward

one that supports performance change. Organizations should be built to change. There is

a variety of features that can be effective. An organization that is built to change,

the role of rewards and motivation promoting change is of the up most importance in an

organization built for change.

My reward system will focus on motivational tools that promote...