Article | Harvard Business Review | July – August 2008

Help Employees Give Away Some of That Bonus

by Michael I. Norton and Elizabeth W. Dunn


Employees who spend some or all of their bonuses on others-thereby creating what the authors call a "prosocial" workplace-are happier as a result. Managers can enhance that effect by providing opportunities to share the wealth.

Keywords: Giving and Philanthropy; Compensation and Benefits; Employees; Managerial Roles; Behavior; Happiness;


Norton, Michael I., and Elizabeth W. Dunn. "Help Employees Give Away Some of That Bonus." HBS Centennial Issue Harvard Business Review 86, nos. 7/8 (July–August 2008): 27.