Last week, Seth Godin had a great post up about what he calls the "wishing/doing gap." In it, he urges us to focus our efforts and our sacrifices on work that will make a difference, that will give us what we need ... that will be rewarded. Otherwise, we are wasting valuable time "waiting for the prince to show up."
His advice, therefore:
If you can influence the outcome, do the work.
If you can't influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It's merely a distraction.
How many reward programs would qualify as a distraction by this definition?
Are you using your discretionary reward dollars to focus and engage your employees in work that will make a difference - or do your plans have them simply waiting for their princes to come?
Creative Commons image "The Frog Prince" by Jennifer Barnard