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The publicly displayed foam brains would give the talented employees huge leverage during merit review and bonus time.

Everyone from the CEO on down, knows who are the top performers. As soon as one of them leaves the company, everyone is going to want to know why.

As manager in that company, would you want to explain to the CEO that a 20 brain employee left the company because you were jerking that person around on merit increases and bonuses?

John I think you've hit the nail on the head with the visibility angle. Also that visible recognition tends to create an expectation of more tangible rewards, which can ultimately drive people away if not met. Thanks for your comment.

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