4 Traits to Stop Rewarding for a Better Team

As the owner of a business, you know that rewarding your employees helps to boost morale and improve performance. The thing is, however, that certain traits can look like good behavior when they’re actually not. Rewarding these behaviors can be detrimental to your business. Here are four traits that you need to stop rewarding for a better team.

Being Too Agreeable

The desire to get along with other employees isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The problem arises when an employee becomes too agreeable. These employees try to avoid conflict at all costs. They can’t make decisions (or stick to them), which then creates more work for the rest of your team.

Help overly agreeable employees by directly asking for their opinions before anyone else. Let them know that promotions aren’t possible since higher-ups need to make decisions, even if not everyone likes them.

Overly Competitive

Employees who are too competitive typically spend a lot of time worrying about what everyone else has. Extremely competitive employees can instigate drama or sabotage others just to get what they want.

If you have a few competitive employees, put them in groups together when collaborative work is needed. Have them look into what other companies are doing and come up with unique solutions that can help the business succeed. Be clear that collaboration is a must.


Employees who are too arrogant might appear to be go-getters because they’ll do whatever it takes to make a sale. An arrogant employee, however, often bypasses processes that they think aren’t important. Other employees then get burdened with picking up what got left behind.

Just because they’re high performers, arrogant employees need to know that they can’t just do what they want to get the sales. Make sure that they understand the importance of compliance and enforce it.

Too Much Persistence

Some persistence is good. Too much, on the other hand, can make an employee unbearable. Someone who walks around asking for or demanding the same things frequently might seem like individuals who know what they want. They may even get it just because they wear others down.

For persistent employees, help them understand that they have to use good judgment. If they can’t, then their judgment in other areas may be called into question and they can lose privileges as a result.

When giving out recognition and rewards, it’s important that you take a close look at the behaviors your employees are exhibiting. While these traits might look good at first glance, they could actually be detrimental to your team and your business. If you do notice these traits, you can work with your employees and help them improve.