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Chocolate cake Expectations without rewards are demotivating. Expectations with rewards are reciprocal. If you master that concept, you can change any negative cultural pattern, including overspending. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The distinction between “employers” and “employees” often divides companies into artificial factions with conflicting interests. When employees think they’re at odds with the business, spending, productivity, retention, and other issues of motivation will create friction. Employees will spend the maximum their budgets allow.

Employer-employee reciprocity can solve this dilemma and heal the artificial barriers that make employees feel alienated and unaccountable to employers. Let’s break down the problem and discuss how to solve it.

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