Jess’ How To… Motivate Your Employees (And Yourself) In the New Year

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So the Holidays are here and gone leaving us scratching our heads and wondering where 2013 went.  We do it every year. And every year, we make resolutions to better ourselves, to better our place of employment or to better the world in which we live.

Take a look at the most popular New Year’s Resolutions (according to www.usa.gov) and count how many you’ve resolved to do in the past:

1.  Lose Weight
2. Volunteer to help others
3. Quit smoking
4. Get a better education
5. Get a better job
6. Save money
7. Get fit
8. Eat healthier
9. Manage stress better
10. Manage debt
11.  Take a trip
12.  Drink less alcohol

These resolutions shouldn’t be discounted but what we should remember is that many of those are actually lifestyle changes… let’s add one to the list.

Let’s take this time, the few days between Christmas and the new year, to see what’s right in front of us, what would benefit the most in 2014 and beyond.  Employees. Coworkers. Managers. Businesses.

A lot of us assume monetary gifts are the way to an employee’s happiness.  This article, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, sums up what every executive, manager and employee should know, remember and resolve to do in the coming year.

Mastery. Membership. Meaning. Read on (http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/three-things-that-actually-motivate-employees/.)

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Jessica Brandenburg

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