May 11, 2012 | last updated May 13, 2012 5:04 pm

10 Things I Know About... MOTIVATING EMPLOYEES

10. ITíS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY.

A flexible work schedule may be just as motivating as a bonus. Invest in your staff in creative ways. Enable work/life balance.

9. GIVE CREDIT AND THANKS.

Encourage and acknowledge individual contributions to the team effort.

8. ALLOW EACH PERSON TO HAVE A VOICE.

At meetings, encourage individuals to make comments in support of an idea without fear of criticism.

7. SHARE INFORMATION.

As much as possible, share information from upper management. This helps the staff feel part of the big picture.

6. ENCOURAGE SUCCESS.

Encourage staff to define success within their jobs (and dig deep). Empower staff to make decisions within the parameters of their jobs. Enable “stretch goals.”

5. ENCOURAGE EXPERIMENTATION.

Even mistakes bring us closer to success. What can you learn going forward?

4. LISTEN MORE, TALK LESS.

Model the behavior you want from your staff, and be willing to get involved in the dirty work.

3. ENCOURAGE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH.

Provide opportunities for staff to develop skills for the future in order to develop and meet their professional and personal goals.

2. HAVE AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY.

As much as possible, circulate among staff regularly. Meet with staff regularly, not just for annual evaluations or when a crisis develops.

1. SHARE THE VISION.

Develop and review the vision and mission together with your staff. Set departmental and individual goals together. Establish timelines, milestones and “accountability partners.”

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