If you’re like most traditional small business owners, you can’t do everything yourself. You hire a team of employees to help you run your business — from managing day-to-day customer interactions to helping you make long-term executive decisions that could affect your business for years to come.
A key to running a successful business is to have employees who care about that business as much as you do. You want them to be motivated to do their best work on your behalf. That might mean offering competitive salaries and benefits packages. It can mean recognizing a job well-done. And it can involve empowering employees so they feel like they’re really making a difference rather than just following orders. Those are just a few examples of employee motivation tactics.
If you’d like to pick up some new ideas on keeping your small business employees motivated, consider giving the following material a read.
- 11 Amazing Employee Motivation Ideas You Should Try in 2013 — By Cali Ressler at gorowe.com
- What Really Motivates Employees? [Infographic] — By Kathleen Davis at Entrepreneur.com
- The Employee Motivation Checklist — By Dave Lavinsky at Fast Company
- Motivation by Mouth: Does Free Food Make for a Happier Workplace? — By John Baldoni at Forbes
- How to Really Praise Employees — By Margaret Heffernan at Inc.com
- Motivating Employees in the Workplace — It’s Not Just About the Money [Infographic] — By Mark Horton at Socialcast.com
- 10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees — By Jacki Bradbury-Guerrero at ContractingBusiness.com
- 20 Ways to Motivate Your Employees Without Raising Their Pay — By Dave Worman at Biztrain.com
- Creative Ways to Motivate Employees — By Susan Fee at SusanFee.com
- 10 Ways to Motivate Staff — By Georgina-Kate Adams
What methods do you currently use to to motivate your small business employees? How is it working out for you? Share your ideas and stories about employee motivation in the comments.