ERIC Number: EJ907181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Employee-of-the-Month Programs: Do They Really Work?
Johnson, Douglas A.; Dickinson, Alyce M.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, v30 n4 p308-324 2010
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. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Employees, Motivation, Recognition (Achievement), Rewards, Program Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), Competition, Employee Attitudes, Social Science Research, Labor Turnover
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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