This is a hilarious photo!

This is a hilarious photo!

A bonus, a raise or an award are definitely things that can contribute to motivate your team.  However, sometimes it is important to find non-monetary ways to help your staff stay motivated.  Let’s discover how exactly you could do so.

Strike a conversation with one employee of yours every day.  Choose to learn about one member of your team regarding their professional or personal life.  Ask that person questions and listen well to their answers.  If your employee shares some concerns or issues going on at work, try to proactively fix them by involving their ideas and opinions.  Perhaps you will also discover that they are going through a divorce or that one of their child is chronically ill.  Be compassionate and figure out together how to adjust possibly their work schedule or their work load to accommodate temporary or permanently their needs.  When people are able to manage better their personal life, they become more motivated and consequently more efficient at work.  Make sure you do create a safe environment for them to express themselves.  Do not put them on the spot in the cafeteria in front of everyone.  Find some time away from others, at the copy machine or when they come in to ask you advice in your office.

Two young beautiful female office workers talking during coffee-break.

Two female office workers talking during coffee-break.

Involving your employees individually is important.  You can and should ask for feedback in group meetings also.  However, some people might not feel as comfortable to share their suggestions out loud in front of others.  Beware of who your employees are.  Know how to reach out to them.  Request input from everyone anonymously at times on comments cards, so everyone can freely write down what they have on their mind without fearing to be judged.  In addition, think about organizing some role play sessions or other diversified ways to collect their valuable thoughts.


When employees feel involved and heard, they feel more motivated.  It is your job as a leader, supervisor, CEO to reach out and obtain their important feedback and build a better and stronger business because of it.

David Klein is a leading Executive IT Recruiter & Headhunter with over 15 years industry experience.  As Manager of Recruitment Strategy for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. David has successfully led, trained and introduced many in the art of Executive Recruitment and Headhunting. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact David at 646-650-2833 or

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