Henry Brown

IMO the MOST important thing is that the award be tailored to the recipient. A GS-13 step 10 receiving a 50 dollar spot cash award is not a very significant award in spite of the best intentions of all.... A public recognization to someone who is easily embarrassed can rapidly backfire... And the reverse( A GS-3 setp 1 receiving a 50 dollar spot, and the eager social climber receiving a public acknowledgement) can go a long ways toward improving team performance and morale.