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How to motivate people on a shoestring budget

If you’re a manager or supervisor, then you know that recognizing and rewarding your employees is important, but in today’s fast-paced workplace, your good intentions may not always translate into action. The good news is that IS possible to acknowledge and appreciate those who deserve it, WITHOUT spending a fortune! Motivating employees can be a challenging task, and believe it or not, increasing their salary is not the solution! If you’ve attended one of my leadership development seminars, or if you’re a long-time reader of this blog or my print column, you might recall me mention a series of experiments conducted in the late 1920s by Harvard Business School professor Elton Mayo. Seeking to establish the relationship between work conditions and productivity, Mayo looked at the effect of fatigue and monotony on job productivity. At the time, his results were surprising, but today, we know that Mayo had simply discovered a fundamental concept in leadership: that workplaces are social environments. This age-old wisdom is particularly useful if you happen to be a manager or supervisor who faces a shortage of time or money. For six low-cost timeless ideas to motivate people on a shoestring budget (and more about Elton Mayo’s groundbreaking experiment), read this article I wrote back in November 2006: Rewarding Employees.

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