Do we need to be rewarded for good work?We all like awards and rewards, right from a nursery kid who gets a star sticker on his hand to the senior employee who gets a lifetime contribution award and rewards. Does anyone wonder why do we need these rewards for just doing our work or for just being a good person or for just contributing to society? In corporate culture one sees a lot of these - star of the day, an employee of the week, best smile, best-groomed employee etc.
In the animal kingdom, reward-based training is very effectively used by dog handlers, handlers of parrots and seals at the animal show always give a small nibble of food when it performs a task well.
Is it just our animal instinct that's is being seen or are we played by people giving rewards so that we perform better and continue to perform better?