We have a reward scheme and incentive scheme at work. People who have gone above and beyond or achieved something notable are rewarded with some kind of gift. This can be all sorts of things from ipads, xbox, days out, etc.
Getting rewarded for something we have done well is nice. I’d be surprised if anyone said otherwise. The actual receiving the reward can be a completely different experience, however.
Our rewards are given each month during a ‘ceremony’. This is actually disorganised chaos in the break area, which is completely blocked off for people who wish to take their break or lunch. There is music blasting out so those manning the phones can’t hear anything the customers are saying, and people are crammed into the room standing on top of each other. Other people may think that this is a lot of fun.
I was nominated for an award this month. Stood near the back, or rather got squashed at the back. I could smell everyone’s body odour and other things. I couldn’t see what the hell was going on. I could hear most things. Some of the people rewarded I knew personally so that was good. I heard my name called amongst the nominations but I didn’t get the award. Crap!
On a good note, a friend of mine got awarded with a day out at a local posh spa – Hoar Cross Hall to be exact. She won this for long (very long) attendance without any sickness. I reckon she was hypnotised the day she began working there.