The Role of a Reward in Employee Motivation

Many employees are motivated by two goals: earning a paycheck and doing work that makes them proud. The offer of an additional reward gives an employee that extra motivation to go above and beyond. Some rewards may cost money, whereas others are investments in time and effort. All can contribute to a more pleasant work environment.

Employees must know that hard work and a high level of achievement will be rewarded financially. According to Microsoft's Business website, a policy that offers incentives in exchange for achievement can motivate all employees to prove their worth. When worker productivity goes up, the bottom line often increases far in excess of the monetary rewards distributed.

Uniting the Team
Employees are motivated by a workplace atmosphere of mutual respect. A reward emphasizes your respect for your employee and encourages fellow employees to show respect to each other. When the team is united, the lines of communication are open, and employees are likely to share good ideas and put forth additional effort in the interest of the company's success. The Business Research Lab points out that rewards motivate employees to see the company's mission as their own. Instead of working for his own financial benefit, an employee who is amply rewarded is more likely to personalize the company mission.

Employee Retention
An employee who has been rewarded is often more motivated to remain with the company. It can cost a business quite a bit to deal with the loss of old employees and the training of new ones. Rewards, given to employees who are considering leaving the company, may increase your employee retention statistics and decrease your long-term training costs.

A good manager can encourage an employee to work harder and better from time to time, but a reward can go a long way toward building employee self-motivation. According to Carter McNamara, writing for the Free Management Library, the most effective rewards are tailored to an employee's needs. When deciding what kind of rewards to give to employees, think of their needs. An employee with children, for example, may be highly motivated to achieve more in the workplace if you offer him additional time off to spend with his family.

ccounting Concepts & Conventions — Presentation Transcript
ACCOUNTING CONCEPTS -: In order to make the accounting language convey the same meaning to all people & to make it more meaningful, most of the accountants have agreed on a number of concepts which are usually followed for preparing the financial statements. These concepts provide a foundation for accounting process. No enterprise can prepare its financial statements without considering these concepts. BUSINESS ENTITY CONCEPT Business is treated as separate & distinct from its members Separate set of books are prepared. Proprietor is treated as creditor of the business. For other business of proprietor different books are prepared. MONEY MEASUREMENT CONCEPT Transactions of monetary nature are recorded. Transactions of qualitative nature, even though of great importance to business are not considered. GOING CONCERN CONCEPT Business will continue for a long period. As per this concept, fixed assets are recorded at their original cost & depreciation is charged on these assets. Because of this concept, outside parties enter into long term contracts with the enterprise. ACCOUNTING PERIOD CONCEPT Entire life of the firm is divided into time intervals for ascertaining the profits/losses are known as accounting periods. Accounting period is of two types- financial year(1 st Apr to 31 st March) & calendar year(1 st Jan to 31 st Dec). For taxation purposes financial year is adopted as prescribed by the Govt. Companies having their shares listed on stock exchange publishes their quarterly results. HISTORICAL COST CONCEPT Assets are recorded at their original price. This cost serves the basis for further accounting treatment of the asset. Acquisition cost relates to the past i.e. it is known as historical cost. JUSTIFICATION FOR HISTORICAL COST CONCEPT This cost is objectively verifiable. Justified by going concern concept. Current values are difficult to determine. Difficult to keep track of up down of the market price. DRAWBACKS OF HISTORICAL CONCEPT Assets for which nothing is paid will not be recorded like reputation, brand value, etc. Information based on historical cost may not be useful to its members. DUAL ASPECT CONCEPT Every transaction recorded in books affects at least two accounts. If one is debited then the other one is credited with same amount. This system of recording is known as “DOUBLE ENTRY SYSTEM”. ASSETS = LIABILITIES + CAPITAL

REVENUE RECOGNITION/REALISATION CONCEPT Revenue means the addition to the capital as a result of business operations. Revenue is realised on three basis-: Basis of cash Basis of sale Basis of production MATCHING CONCEPT All the revenue of a particular period will be matched with the cost of that period for determining the net profits of that period. Accordingly, for matching costs with revenue, first revenue should be recognised & then costs incurred for generating that revenue should be recognised. Following points must be considered while matching costs with revenue-: Outstanding expenses though not paid in cash are shown in the P&L a/c. Prepaid expenses are not shown in the P&L a/c. Closing stock should be carried over to the next period as opening stock. Income receivable should be added in the revenue & income received in advance should be deducted from revenue. ACCRUAL CONCEPT In this concept revenue is recorded when sales are made or services are rendered & it is immaterial whether cash is received or not. Same with the expenses i.e. they are recorded in the accounting period in which they assist in earning the revenues whether the cash is paid for them or not. OBJECTIVITY CONCEPT Accounting transactions should be recorded in an objective manner, free from the personal bias of either management or the accountant who prepares the accounts. It is possible only when each transaction is supported by verifiable documents & vouchers such as cash memos, invoices. TIMELINESS This principle states that the information should be provided to the users at right time for the purpose of decision making. Delay in providing accounts serves no usefulness for the users for decision making. COST BENEFIT PRINCIPLE This principle states that the cost incurred in applying the principles should be less than the profits derived from them. ACCOUNTING CONVENTIONS An accounting convention may be defined as a custom or generally accepted practice which is adopted either by general agreement or common consent among accountants. )CONVENTION OF FULL DICLOSURE Information relating to the economic affairs of the enterprise should be completely disclosed which are of material interest to the users. Proforma & contents of balance sheet & P&L a/c are prescribed by Companies Act. It does not mean that leaking out the secrets of the business. CONVENTION OF CONSISTENCY Accounting method should remain consistent year by year. This facilitates comparison in both directions i.e. intra firm & inter firm. This does not mean that a firm cannot change the accounting methods according to the changed circumstances of the business.

CONVENTION OF CONSERVATISM All anticipated losses should be recorded but all anticipated gains should be ignored. It is a policy of playing safe. Provisions is made for all losses even though the amount cannot be determined with certainity CONVENTION OF MATERIALITY According to American Accounting Association , “ An item should be regarded as material if there is reason to believe that knowledge of it would influence decision of informed investor.” It is an exception to the convention of full disclosure. Items having an insignificant effect to the user need not to be disclosed.

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