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Ideas for Motivating the Workforce

Personal recognition is one of the most effective ways of motivating employees toward top-notch performance. Author Don Martin, TeamThink, offers these strategies:

Confer meaningful titles. It costs little to give an employee a title and provides recognition. The key word, though, is meaningful.

Create an honor wall. Achievers are recognized by having their names added to publicly placed plaques or having their photographs included in an honor wall.

Report achievements in the company newsletter. This doesn't necessarily mean reporting only the obvious milestones, such as promotions and sales performances.

Offer wall plaques and framed certificates. Presenting these awards at public ceremonies is an effective way of recognizing good work.

Provide the personal touch. Don't underestimate the value of a personal note or word of thanks or appreciation.