In a business setting, it’s not always grand, expensive gestures that motivate employees. Small tokens and offerings often mean the most to people and give the greatest sense of satisfaction. And when a professional is satisfied, that translates into productivity.

It literally costs nothing (or very little) to:

It literally costs nothing (or very little) to:

  • Say “thank you for a job well done”.
  • Say “congratulations on a job well done”.
  • Do right by your employees and team—this can be as simple as keeping people informed about company direction or decisions or empowering them to make decisions in their position.
  • Keep promises you make—if a raise or promotion is due, do not delay it unless you have given notice well in advance.
  • Be transparent—no one will be surprised by certain moves or decisions.
  • Gather the team for lunch, ice cream, donuts etc. on a regular basis.
  • Give increased responsibilities or desired projects to well-deserved employees.
  • Say “leave early today because you have been working so hard”.
  • Give a comp day off when the team has been pulling “all-nighters” or many extra hours on a particular project.
  • Treat people like the professionals they are.
  • Support your employees and team—if you have their back and support their decisions, they will appreciate your efforts on their behalf.
  • Mentor those who ask.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Provide advice when asked, to those less experienced than you.
  • Respect others, no matter what their job position.

This is not to say motivation doesn’t also come from planned bonuses, salary compensation or gifts. But do not forget about the small, “free” gestures or avoid them altogether because you think they are not worth as much as the cash bonus or gift. Find the right mix of the “paid” and “free” tokens of appreciation and be genuine in your offerings of these gestures—you will touch the human being in your employee. It’s human nature to be wanted, appreciated and receive approval.

None of the thing listed above really cost anything (except for the cost of ice cream, donuts or a couple of hours or extra day off). And I know each will go a long way in good feelings and job satisfaction.

Please contact Anna Brice at Pinnacle Peak Marketing, Scottsdale AZ about Marketing for Small/Medium Business.

Please contact Anna Brice at Pinnacle Peak Marketing, Scottsdale AZ about Marketing for Small/Medium Business.

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