Ten Ways to Motivate Your Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-02-2012

Ten Ways to Motivate Your Employees

1. Emphasize Big Picture Ideas
Software teams are highly influenced by opportunities for growth or chances to make a difference in the world.

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2. The Latest Gadgets
Budget allowing, these teams hit it off with a CIO who constantly provides them with new tech toys.

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3. Stay Above Board
Perceptions of unethical management or a lack of respect for management often lead to disengagement.

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4. Educate Yourself
Even if your background isn’t tech, CIOs have to know their way around complex IT topics.

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5. Know the “Golden Rule” of Feedback
That would be: Praise publically. Reprimand privately.

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6. Convey Interest
Get to know them as people. Are they married? Do they have kids? What are their hobbies?

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7. Two Words That Never Get Old
Commit to saying “Thank you” no less than ten times a week.

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8. A Manager Isn't a Coach
A manager controls resources and spending. A coach helps team members grow.

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9. Don’t Sweat Small Stuff
How your teams dress, when they work, or where they work isn’t nearly as important as what they contribute.

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10. Feeding Time
Research shows that providing quality after-hours meals gets projects finished at least 30% faster.

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