THE REWARD STORY

It is said that the first recorded instance of employee motivation by means of recognition occurred over 2600 years ago. Cyrus the great, the founder of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (modern day Iran) used to motivate construction workers who were rebuilding the Jerusalem Temple through a ceremony that involved a pat on the shoulder, a beverage and a coin that featured Cyrus' head. In the 26 odd centuries of Human existence too, we have learnt to change worker behaviours by means of recognition. Why, even Sigmund Freud wrote that the Human psyche is and will be a love-hungry (in terms of recognition and rewards) mess.