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Motivating Employees

How Big Is Your Year-End Bonus?

December 29, 2011
Nothing says more about China's booming auto market than the generous bonus given by the FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. The joint venture carmaker awarded its employees with a bonus that equals to 27 months of salary. On top of that, employees also received double salary for eight months this year.
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The Age of the Less-Ambitious Employee

December 19, 2011
The bottom line is that a corner office—with all its demands—is less appealing. Here's how one consultant describes a common mindset today: “The headache isn't worth it. I'd rather be able to spend time with the kids.”
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Companies Pushing Workers Over the Limit

December 16, 2011
Like Charlie Chaplin's character in the comedy Modern Times about an assembly-line worker who loses it after tightening one bolt too many, HR consultant Art Quinn says that when employees are pushed to their limits, the workplace can be a dehumanizing place.
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Why Is It Important to Empower Employees?

December 14, 2011
We recently had our annual audit and learned we need to improve employee motivation and empowerment. What do other companies do to meet this requirement? What type of tool could we use as a process to measure our personnel's awareness of the relevance and importance of their activities and how they contribute to the achievement of the quality objectives? —Cognizant of Quality, safety and compliance coordinator, manufacturing, Sterling Heights, Michigan
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