Keeping and Motivating the Best Employees

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Keeping and motivating the best peopleIn You Win With People, we talk about the need to hire the best people to build your team. Now that you’ve done that, how do you keep them and how do you motivate them? Much has been written about employee retention and motivation. But most of what has been written has been written in relation to the average worker.

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When your company measures you in this area, it is actually almost always an employee retention measure. The practice of hiring and firing helped the company. Let’s get back to the question. How do you retain and motivate the best people you’ve hired? All humans have basic needs that must be met, beginning with food and shelter.

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So it’s obvious that you have to pay a fair wage and perform well or people won’t be able to keep you. But once basic needs are met, are more money or more sophisticated benefit packages required to retain the best employees? In reality, neither is really necessary. Pay and benefits only go so far, and the best employees, the bright, motivated, team-oriented, results-oriented employees are not willing to squeeze every last dollar out of their employers. Employees have
other needs that need to be met, and the good news is that you, your manager, can meet those needs yourself.

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Recent studies of highly motivated employees show that once their basic needs are met, other factors keep them motivated and interested in their work. Here are the 12 questions the best employees want answered: Do I know what’s expected of them? at work? Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my job well? At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

In the last 7 days, have I received any recognition or praise for my good work? Does my manager or someone at work seem to care about me as a person? Is there someone at work who encourages my development? , do my opinions seem to count? Does my company’s mission/purpose make me feel like my work matters?

Are my colleagues committed to producing quality work? 10. Do I have a best friend at work? 11. In the last 6 months, has anyone talked to me about my progress at work?

  1. Have I had opportunities to learn and develop at work over the past year?