Is Money a Good Motivator? Introductions

Some companies give their employees bonuses or cash awards for excellent work, in addition to salary. Do you think this is a good idea? Are cash incentives a good way to motivate employees?

This page has six different introductions to the above question. As you look at them, try to decide if they are opinion or situation openings (see here. Also look at the thesis sentences, and guess if the writer agrees or disagrees.

Intro 1

Money makes the world go round, and nowhere is this more true than in the workplace. Employers know that money is one of the best motivators. However, are bonuses or cash awards always the best way to reward employees? In this essay, I will look at some of the arguments for cash as a reward.

Intro 2

In the past, when people did not have much money, they were eager to work and to get a big salary. Today, however, most people are well paid and comfortable in their jobs, and it is hard to motivate them by simply offering cash. This essay will discuss different ways of motivating employees and suggest that money is not always the best motivator.

Intro 3

Many people argue that cash incentives are an unfair means of motivating employees. Others love the simple, practical, down-to-earth gift of money for a job well done. I feel that while there are some circumstances where money is the best recognition for extra work, there are other times it is inappropriate.

Intro 4

Many companies give outstanding members of staff bonuses for good work. I firmly believe that this is demeaning, trivializing, and bad for morale.

Intro 5

People are motivated by different things. Some employees have financial goals, others have professional goals, and others have personal goals. The same incentives cannot work for all. This essay outlines some of the reasons why cash is not always a suitable motivator for excellent employees.

Intro 6

The primary reason why people have to work is because of money. Employers know this, and many companies reward outstanding employees with bonuses and cash rewards. In this essay, I will show that most people are motivated by money, and cash is a fair and effective way for management to show appreciation to hardworking staff.

Intro 7

I remember working in restaurants when I was in college and begging my manager for as many extra hours as I could in order to earn more money. Today, however, in my job, I would prefer to earn less and have more time off. In this essay, I will say why I think money is only one way to motivate employees.

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