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      Low Cost Employee Motivation Tips

      I know money is tight right now and yea, maybe handing out raises and bonuses is out of the equation. But if that is really true, it demands the question: How do I motivate employees inexpensively?

      The great news is that it’s easier than you think; others have accomplished this feat, and if they did, so can you.

      Check out some of these strategies:

      Appreciate
      Saying thanks for a job well done happens to be an effective motivational factor. The important thing is to do it and remember that saying thanks can take many forms.

      • A hand-written notecard
      • Getting thanked in front of a group
      • A phone call from the president
      • A night out on the town
      • An afternoon off
      • Gift cards

      If you think about it, there are multiple ways to show your appreciation for doing a job well done (and no, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg).

      Recognize
      A close second to being thanked is being recognized. No one likes to work hard, toiling away at their job, without others appreciating their efforts. And again, there are several ways to achieve this feat. Try the usual “Employee of the Month” award which might come across as stale, but the fact is, it’s not; employees want to be recognized for their hard work. How about mentioning them on your website, or in the company newsletter? What about a reserved parking spot for your top earners?

      Switch it up
      Boredom is the number one killer of motivation, so you must figure out ways to keep your employee’s active. Try to match projects to certain people’s interest and skill, even if they are different than their usual work-related duties.

      Ask for feedback
      Ask your employees for ideas, and then use the best ones. This will make people feel important, and a part of the business. Try having a monthly contest of $100 for all employees that take part in the program.

      Unique culture
      You have to make your place of work the spot to lift all spirits. Give everyone a day off on their birthday. Get a hold of massage therapist students for a low cost, once a month relaxation session for all personnel.

      These ideas shouldn’t cost a lot, but it would be remembered, and that will equal higher quality work and a boost in motivation. =]
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      You're right! Although employees do appreciate the more expensive options, the worst thing is doing nothing at all. A hand shake, a 'well done', or even an email sent out thanking them for work well done or commenting on how well the latest project came out is good for the feel good factor and will help to improve morale.
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      Good discussion, sometimes performance can be linked to pay to increase productivity. In theory, a higher performance should mean a higher return to your business, which in turn should allow you to reward the staff that was responsible for the better results.

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      The speed of the boss is the speed of the team. - Lee Iacocca

      I think the above quote sums it up best. Many people end up with a contagious issue around the work office, when one slacks, many slack. It could be another co-worker or the boss directly, but it does spread like wild fire. Motivation goes a long way as well, it can spread just as quick.

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      I have to say that I would rather have a monetary thank you any day and I can't believe that some hard working employee would like a hand written card of a verbal thank you over money. Especially in this economy? I know when I worked for a company I wanted the money! Money talks!

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      Many jobs don't offer any sort of bonus, and if you work in that kind of job then a thank you has to mean something. I've worked in that sort of place during university-factories, assembly line stuff that you just get paid by the hour not the piece. No real incentive to bust yourself working fast-so a happy work force was important.

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      I love it when my boss says - good job! I love bonuses too though. I think bosses should pay the people who work harder more money. I do think that any sort of recognition is nice though, it shows that they know you are putting in the extra work.

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