Where to Set the Bar: How to Create High Standards for Employees

  Goals guide us. They help us prioritize our efforts and know when we’re successful. They help to motivate us—driving us forward. But, set too high, seemingly unattainable goals can be demotivating. Too low, and they can hold us back. Setting meaningful targets—the right expectations, high standards and goals—for employees can take time and be…

Does Competition Really Motivate Employees?

  Using competition in the workplace to motivate employees is more complicated than just setting a goal, slapping up a whiteboard with gauges … and watching progress. Years ago, I interviewed a coworker for a company newsletter. The employee worked in inside sales. When I asked the standard “what do you like most about working…

Motivating Employees: Myth vs. Reality

As a manager, motivation is an important part of your job. You need to find a way to get the most from your employees, keeping them on task and always striving for more. But if you subscribe to traditional management knowledge, you’re probably making false assumptions about what really works to motivate your staff. Here…

5 Tips for Motivating Unengaged Employees

Were you aware that money is not the primary motivation of your employees? While money is a large motivator for many employees — especially in a failing economy — it is often not the primary thing that motivates productivity within the workplace. A recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that 25% of…