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Instead of using short-term rewards as a motivational tool, inspire purpose in your team.

Intrinsic motivation, i.e., motivation from within, typically produces much more effective results than external motivation, such as a short-term reward system.

Short-term rewards are any rewards meant to incentivize you, or anyone else, to complete a certain task. For example, you might choose to reward your daughter with a candy bar after she completes her homework everyday.

Short-term rewards tend to promote a narrow-minded way of thinking in which completing the task is more important than completing it in the right manner. Not only do short-term rewards crush creativity, but they can also promote unethical behavior. Furthermore, studies show that short-term rewards can actually decrease your intrinsic motivation in the long term.

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