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Motivate the Masses

June 12, 2013

Daily Read – Motivate the Masses

A motivated employee is a valuable employee–and also among the toughest to find.  Statistics show the motivated employee is outnumbered by quite a bit. So how do you influence the masses to be more like the few? Step one – be a good boss! The biggest influence on an employee is the immediate supervisor. Here are 5 things you can do to be a great boss and motivator:

  1. Use your manners. Saying “hello” to employees when you get to work as well as saying “please” and “thank you” are easy things to do and have a big impact.
  2. Give credit when it’s due. Considering the hours your employees spend at work–often more than what they get with family–it’s essential to tell them when they’ve excelled on a project or gone above and beyond the call of duty. “Catch them doing good”.
  3. Encourage having fun on the job. Work doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Hold employee events that have nothing to do with work, but rather are geared solely on letting off steam, having fun and building team camaraderie.
  4. Communicate clearly, consistently, and often. Communication is integral to any relationship, including those at work.  Make sure your communication is clear in terms of what you expect from them. Receiving frequent feedback regarding how they’re doing in meeting goals, understanding and buying into the company’s vision.

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