Yes, I know you want to raise the morale of our little office “team”.
Yes, I know you think that “rewarding” us with a group outing will make us like each other more and want to work harder for you.
Yes, I know “rewarding” your “team” is the cool thing to do and all managers seem to do it.
And yes, I know you think we are all third graders and will be excited about working harder so that we can earn our little field trip to the zoo.
But NO, I don’t want to go!
Do we need an incentive to do our jobs? Apparantly you think we do. I see that you have spent several hours drawing a colorful racetrack and assigned us each an animal. If we all do our assigned “special projects” this month all our animals will cross the goal line and we will all be rewarded with a fun trip to the zoo!
The colorful racetrack, similar to what an elementary school teacher might make, will show us our progress and motivate us to reach that goal. I see that I have been assigned a monkey to represent me. Is that telling me something?
I can’t believe we are really going to do this. We are all professionals and yet this is something that would be used to motivate small children. I don’t want to go to the zoo, go bowling, go on a ferry ride, or go to a picnic in the park. If you feel you have to reward us why don’t you reward us with cash? Cash is always a good prize. Or how about letting us go home early. I love going home early.