Essentials of
Small Business Management

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How To Motivate Your Employees

successful managers know how to motivate their employees. Although everyone is motivated by different needs, most people will tell you that two of the most important things they look for in a company are mutual respect and personal involvement. When workers feel good about themselves, the work they do, and the company they work for, it is much easier to gain their cooperation. Below is a list of ways in which you can pull the very best out of your employees, benefiting not only yourself, but also those working for you.

  1. Involve employees in decision-making process. Give employees a share in decision making. If not deciding what is to be done, then how it is to be done, or when or in what way, by whom. Let their "share" increase over time.
  2. Keep employees informed.  Keep employees informed about changes that can directly affect them such as policy changes, procedure or rule changes, product information changes, and performance changes.
  3. Be aware of the morale level of your employees.  Be sensitive to changes in morale. Know when and why it goes up or down.
  4. Maintain an open-door policy.  Be approachable, available, and interested, not distant.
  5. Develop a caring attitude.  A good manager trains, develops, counsels, guides, and supports her employees.
  6. Be sure to listen.  Always listen to and try to understand what employees are communicating.
  7. Always treat your employees with respect.  Be thoughtful and considerate of the person you are dealing with.
  8. Ask for suggestions.  Be sure to invite suggestions and new ideas from employees concerning work. Be willing to put good ideas into action by making changes.
  9. Give "constructive" criticism.  An effective manager gives constructive criticism and never makes personal attacks.
  10. Recognize your employees.  Give appropriate praise and recognition for a job well done.
  11. Outline job responsibilities.  Make certain employees know exactly what is expected of them and how their performance will be evaluated.
  12. Maintain high standards.  By involving employees in establishing high standards of performance, you will build their pride and self-confidence.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015