Of course, employees need pay rises, but they also need personal thanks and recognition when they do well. Following is the top ten list of motivators for today’s employees:

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

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

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

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

  • Provide information about new 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 that affect them.

  • Encourage employees to feel a sense of ownership of and identity with their work and their work environment.

  • Create a partnership with each employee. Give people a chance to grow and learn new skills. Show them how you can help them meet their goals within the context of meeting the organisation’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 recognising, rewarding and promoting people. And make sure that you recognise and reward everyone who performs well, regardless of their job or occupation.