What is the best (inexpensive) way to reward employees who are consistently great or who go above and beyond what you expected? Motivation should never be an issue in the workplace. If you need to spend time motivating employees, then you should hire better people. I reward employees who are consistently great with new and exciting opportunities and responsibilities. Ultimately, if an employee regularly goes above and beyond, the greatest reward is more responsibility (because that’s what they’re craving anyway).