The purpose of the proposed study is to examine for the effects of reward (praise and recognition for a job well done) on the employee motivation (the will to accomplish work tasks) of individuals working in four small companies of 50 or less employees. According to Timm and Peterson (1995), all motivation is directed toward some desired payoff or reward. As to rewards, Vecchio (1992) informs that they can be either extrinsic or intrinsic.
Extrinsic rewards are external to the worker and commonly consist of such things as pay, promotion, or fringe benefits. Intrinsic rewards, on the other hand, are experienced internally; examples of intrinsic rewards include feelings of accomplishment, competence, responsibility, or personal growth. As noted by