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Top Ten Ways To Motivate Today's Employees

July 1, 1996
Related Topics: Motivating Employees, Featured Article
Today's employees may not need a pay raise as much as they need a personal thanks from their manager for a job well done. Following, in priority order, is the top-ten things to do to motivate today's employees.

  • Personally thank employees for doing a good job-one on one-verbally, in writing or both. Do it in a timely manner, often and sincerely.
  • Be willing to take the time to meet with and listen to employees-as much as they need or want.
  • Provide specific feedback about performance of the person, 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 how the company makes and loses money, upcoming products, strategies for competing in the marketplace and how the person fits in with the overall plan.
  • Involve employees in decisions, especially when those decisions affect them.
  • Provide employees with a sense of ownership in their work and the work environment.
  • Recognize, reward and promote people based on their performance. Deal with low and marginal performers so they either improve or leave.
  • 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 organization's goals. Create a partnership with each employee.
  • Celebrate successes-of the company, of the department and of individuals in it. Take time for team- and morale-building meetings and activities.

Personnel Journal, July 1996, Vol. 75, No. 7, p. 68.

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