University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Motivation and Rewards

Motivation is a behavior that you can influence but not create. Even highly motivated individuals can get frustrated, discouraged, or tired on a project. Team members need to know they are valued, their efforts are noticed, and their good work is appreciated. Remember that each employee is different and motivated or rewarded by different things.

The key is to be timely, creative, and authentic and that the motivation or reward matches the interests and goals of the employee, whenever possible.

Motivation and Rewards Tips and Tools