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3 Tips Engage, Motivate, & Inspire Employees

Aug 30, 2018 by John Williams 0 Comments

Tips to engage and motivate employees


One of the questions that I hear most leaders ask is, How do I keep employees engaged? Is money effective? How about bonuses, or a promotion?

As most of you know, very rarely do these work, especially in the long term. Usually it’s the simple things in life that works the best. Remember, you are dealing with people. What works for employees works for spouses, children, siblings, and your friends. Below are 3 very simple ideas on engaging and motivating employees. These ideas are simple, but still require focus and take the time to implement.

  1. Leaders, be yourself- Letting others see who you really are helps them understand you and become comfortable with you. More importantly, if you are trying to be someone else or portray a different image, that act is hard to keep up with and people will see right through it. People want genuine leaders. Employees will respect you for it, and people are more engaged and motivated when they have leaders that are predictable and authentic.
  2. Leadership offices- You shouldn’t be able to tell where the leader of the company sits by looking at the offices. We have all heard the phrases, “Corner Office” or “Called to the Carpet”.  It is demotivating when an employee needs a tool to do their job more efficiently and can’t get it, meanwhile the executive leadership all have 1,000 sq ft offices with solid oak desks.
  3. Let them work- Give them objectives and/or tasks and let them work. Make sure the objectives are understood, agreed upon, and the due date is clear. For example, if you give an employee on task on Monday to be completed by Noon on Friday, you shouldn’t have to check with them every day. The only time you should get involved before the due date is if they ask for help.



To  learn  more  about engaging and motivating employees,  join John Williams  at the  26th Annual  Gathering  of  Games,  where  he  will  present  an  educational  session  on  this  topic. Join us in this highly interactive session where you will leave with dozens of new ideas on engaging employees.

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John Williams
Written by John Williams

John has 30 years of experience in manufacturing. He has held a variety of positions from equipment installation, to Maintenance, to Sales in a variety of industries. He has first-hand experience from the entry-level production position to executive positions. John is currently the VP Sales & Marketing for Central States Mfg. He has been with Central States since 2006 where he was previously Vice President Operations. John has presented at the Gathering of the Games, ESOP, and NCEO conferences and has created and taught numerous types of leadership training.

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