Sometimes key employees do demand to have a piece of the action, but are they really asking for a share of ownership, or do they just want a significant share of the profits and some recognition. Looking at the situation from our business-owner clients’ viewpoint, they often want to “reward” key employees. To a business owner, “ownership” is the ultimate reward, so he (or she) often concludes that transferring stock is an appropriate solution. But for a key employee, sharing in company growth is usually reward enough. Before you start giving or selling away part of your company, take a look at exactly what that means and then explore other strategies that are available to you. More importantly, find out what both you and your key people are trying to accomplish before offering to give or sell stock to them.