Rewarding Teams: Lessons from the Trenches

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Parker, G., McAdams, J. and Zielinski, D. (2000), "Rewarding Teams: Lessons from the Trenches", Team Performance Management, Vol. 6 No. 1/2, pp. 37-38.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Rewarding Teams aims to be a resource for managers on the front line who are looking for practical advice about how to design and implement team‐oriented incentives, rewards, and recognition systems that will advance their organisation’s cultural and strategic objectives.

The authors identify three important reward systems for teams – recognition plans, project team incentives, and organisational unit incentives – and provide examples of how today’s top companies are using them to spur the development and success of their work teams.

The book includes 27 case studies from organisations including Chase Manhattan, Ralston Purina, Lotus Development, Bayer and Rockwell Automation to reveal how each company designed and implemented its systems. These case studies demonstrate how to handle difficult issues such as whether to use cash or non‐cash rewards, dealing with team members who don’t pull their weight, combining plans for maximum impact, and communicating clearly about compensation. The authors summarise key solutions from all the case studies in the book’s closing chapter.

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