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Ten Ways for Managers to Motivate Employees

By Bob Nelson, Peter Economy

Part of Managing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Employees may not need a pay raise as much as they do personal thanks from their manager for a job well done. Show your workers that you support them, and encourage better performance by motivating them in the following ways:

  • Personally thank employees for doing a good job — one on one, in writing, or both. Do it promptly, often, and sincerely.

  • Be willing to take time to meet with and listen to employees. Give them as much time as they need or want.

  • Provide specific feedback about the performance of the employee, the department, and the organization.

  • Strive to create a work environment that is open, trusting, and fun. Encourage new ideas and initiative.

  • Provide information about upcoming products and strategies, how the company makes and loses money, and how each employee fits into the overall plan.

  • Involve employees in decisions, especially those decisions that directly affect them.

  • Encourage employees to have a sense of ownership in their work and their work environment.

  • Create a partnership with each employee, giving them a chance to grow and learn new skills. Show them how you can help them meet their goals within the context of meeting the organization’s goals.

  • Celebrate successes of the company, the department, and the individuals in it. Take time for team- and morale-building meetings and activities.

  • Use performance as the basis for recognizing, rewarding, and promoting people. Deal with low and marginal performers so that they improve their performance or leave the organization.