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Difference Between Award and Reward

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It is quite natural that one does not find much difference between awards and rewards. Almost every one does not make a distinction between ‘awards’ and ‘rewards’. Awards and rewards are quite different.

Awards are tokens of appreciation, which are given to individuals for their achievements. It can be called as symbol of recognition to an individual for their personal achievements. Rewards on the other hand are also recognition but it is a kind of acknowledgment to an individuals contributions. Rewards can also be said to be an encouragement to an individual.

Awards can also be called as a prize that is given away to individuals for their noteworthy activities. By getting an award, people approve that you have done something great. Awards can come in form of commemorative plaques, medals, trophies, certificates, titles, badges, pins and cash. Rewards most of time is associated with money or a promotion or like that.

You may be rewarded for finding and returning some one’s valuable things. The police normally give away rewards on valuable information. Rewards can be termed as a compensation that you get for helping others. But you only get award and not reward for writing a novel. Well, the award can be called as a reward for an individual’s effort.

While award is always associated with some positive things, reward is associated with good and bad things. It has also been noted that certain people may get reward for their evil activities.

Awards are publicly presented. Rewards, on the other hand, are only private or personal affairs. While awards get publicised, rewards are not. When awards are formal or public affairs, rewards are just the opposite.

Rewards are ‘given’ and awards are ‘awarded’. An award is a recognition that one gets after a decision in that regard has been taken by certain persons or judges or a committee of judges. But rewards are not taken as such and most of the time it is an individual who takes the decision.

A reward is something that is given for a person’s merit, service or hardship. But an award is a token given for merit.

Summary
1. Awards are tokens of appreciation, which are given to individuals for their achievements. Rewards on the other hand are also recognition but it is a kind of acknowledgment to an individuals contributions.
2. Awards can come in form of commemorative plaques, medals, trophies, certificates, titles, badges, pins and cash. Rewards most of time is associated with money or a promotion or like that.
3. Awards are publicly presented. Rewards, on the other hand, are only private or personal affairs.


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