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Motivating your employees

June 23, 2014
As a small business owner, do you take time to motivate your employees? Do you continually look for ways to get the maximum performance from everyone who works for you? Motivating your employees to work hard, work smart and achieve results will help you to grow your small business.

The dictionary defines the word motivating as "providing someone with a motive for doing something; or, stimulating someone's interest in or enthusiasm for doing something." So what are you doing to get your employees' interest and enthusiasm in helping you grow your business?

You might start with something simple, such as recognizing employees who are doing a great job. Recognition of top performers, especially if it includes monetary rewards, is a top way to motivate everyone. Providing on-the-spot "public praise" to someone who has done something well is also very effective in motivating others who would enjoy getting the same praise.

Get to know each and every one of your employees and find out what keeps them going. Then tailor your motivational activities individually to each and every person. Some may just want one-on-one time with you; while others may prefer special treatment, like a day off for all of their great work.

Money certainly matters, but you'd be surprised how motivated employees will get even without monetary rewards. Perks matter almost as much as dollar bills. Take some time each day to motivate your employees. You may be quite surprised at the reaction you get, and more importantly, the business results that follow.


Dick Jones is the Founder & President of Jones Simply Sales in Alpharetta, Ga. As a 4th generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners. Office: 770-663-4681, web:
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    You cannot motivate employees
    June 24, 2014 | 07:28 AM

    You cannot motivate employees, only demotivate them. You can create the conditions that will lead them to be highly motivated Superstars. To understand motivation, read this short explanation of what over 30 years of research has shown to be what motivates us all.!

    What you need to do with your employees is to listen and respond to what they say to their satisfaction or better even if it means telling them why they cannot have what the want.

    It worked for me as a manager several times and it will work for you.

    Bennet Simonton
    Sun City Center
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