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How to get your staff to long for Monday mornings

Are you getting your staff to look forward to Monday mornings?

I think a big part of a manager's job is about selling the company's ideas to the staff. I meet
managers every day who are good at that. However they are, surprisingly enough, much less able to take care of staff on an individual level.
Now, when people talk about labor shortages and worker's market, it's high time to care even more for our staff in order to retain key employees longer.

Have you, for instance, done any of this recently?

1. Spent time with your most valuable employees in a way that they appreciate individually?
This is important. Someone out there has a great need for this kind of recognition and someone else has a greater need for a gift certificate to a restaurant where they can spend quality time with their wife/husband instead of with you.
Flowers are great, but lilies to someone who loves lilies are better. Keep your eyes and ears open to what people really enjoy getting and show them that you know.

2. Told someone how good he/she has done something while others could hear it?

3. Encouraged employees to take risks and try new things? This will produce brave and happy employees and the opposite – just looking for errors and mistakes - of course leads to cowardly and discouraged workers.

4. Shared when things have gone well? You might not hear it, but people talk and discontentment grows behind your back if the staff doesn't feel that they are appreciated and get to take a part of the company's success.

5. Encouraged ideas – no matter how crazy they are – and rewarded the good ones and even maybe tested the less good ones? Everyone likes to feel involved for real. So do I. And you!

Just a thought ...

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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