Keeping Employees Motivated


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Keeping employees motivated is a challenge that every manager faces. It is important to recognize that the role of a manager is to keep employees motivated and engaged.

Employees who are not engaged in their work have higher absenteeism, low productivity, and high turnover rates.

It’s important to keep in mind that people are motivated by different things—some people are motivated by paychecks, some by recognition from their peers, and others are motivated by working on projects that help people in need.

It’s important to know what motivates each person individually so you can effectively motivate them in the workplace.


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  • motivate (verb)
  • employer (noun)
  • employee (noun)
  • business (noun)
  • performance (noun)
  • satisfaction (noun)
  • difficulty (noun)
  • look after (phrasal verb)

The Question

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What's the best way to keep employees motivated?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Keeping Employees Motivated
  • What motivates you in your job?
  • Can you think of any good ideas to help keep employees motivated?
  • Do you think motivated employees do more work?
  • Do you think businesses in general should do more to keep their employees motivated?

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