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HR: Expert Advice to Motivate Your Employees

Dan Pink’s Expert Answers

Every month SCORE interviews an expert on topics related to business and entreprenuership. This month’s featured guest is Dan Pink. He discusses what really motivates you and your employees. An excerpt of his interview is below. To read the complete interview, sign-up for SCORE ExpertANSWERS and get it delivered direct to your inbox.

What are three important changes a small business owner can do to help motivate employees?

  1.  Do whatever you can to provide employees with more autonomy over their time, their team, their task and their technique.
  2. Encourage people to supplement traditional performance reviews by doing their own performance reviews, e.g., setting out monthly goals, then self-evaluating at the end.
  3. Infuse the workplace with a purpose larger than simply making the numbers or increasing earnings per share by two cents this quarter. Supplement the profit motive with the purpose motive.

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