As a former teacher, I have seen the pitfalls that come with tenure-based rewards. There is a time and place to honor someone for their long-term loyalty, but those rewards should never outweigh the reward and affirmation of a job well done. When this happens, entitlement can set in for those that seem to just be around longer. This works out when the longest tenured person is a linchpin in the organization and has been a part of the team’s long-term development and success. This doesn’t work when people who have been around the longest decide that their tenure is more valuable than the value they can add to the team. Rewarding tenure has its place when the team understands that being around the longest was never the goal.