Creating programs to reward employees who do a good job is a great idea, but you need to be careful how you structure things and consider whether the kind of job you have is one where it's reasonable to expect people to have adequate intrinsic motivation. Otherwise a poorly designed program plus a low-motivation occupation just gets you this:
Not ideal. Elsewhere in gift-card land, I'm not sure if this Chipotle trick is a poorly designed policy on their part or a clever price-discrimination scheme.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.