It is essential for companies to find ways to keep their
best employees. It is equally important to motivate them to give their
full attention and best efforts to the work assigned to them. The following
Don't Send Mixed Messages
Don't follow a compliment with a criticism ["You did an outstanding job
on assignment A, but on assignment B you forgot...] The compliment will be
overshadowed by the criticism. In all likelihood, the criticism is all the
employee will remember.
Ask Your Subordinates for their Opinions
If you do, make sure you listen and implement the good ideas. Ignoring their
opinions, or failing to give credit to your subordinate for a good idea will
undermine the process of asking for their opinions.
Lead by Example
"Do as I say, not as I do" is a recipe for trouble. Supervisors must
lead by example.
Don't Underestimate the Power of Praise
When employees exceed your expectations, tell them so. Compliments and praise
can provide encouragement to employees at every level.
Give Subordinates Some Control Over their Work
Allow subordinates to exercise some control of their work schedules. Employees
feel more empowered if their supervisor or manager does not choreograph their
If all it took to be successful in business was hard work, then coal miners
and assembly line workers would be among America's wealthiest citizens. Activity
does not equal productivity or efficiency. As a manager, do what you can to
make sure your subordinates prioritize, use time management skills, and understand
the difference between work that is urgent, and work that is important.