King of my own castle: autonomy is the key to motivating employees

By Susan Muldowney

Behavioural scientists have long believed that peak human potential can be reached through a system of rewards and punishments commonly referred to as the carrot-and-stick approach. It’s a theory that likens a human being to a donkey hitched to a cart and is readily applied in business – if you exceed your budget, you’ll receive a bonus but if you fail to impress, you’d better watch your back.

What’s my motivation? 6 tips for engaging your team

Guest post by Alison Vidotto

How do you keep your employees motivated and engaged? Is it something you struggle with?

Research now tells us that contrary to popular belief, money is not the primary motivating factor for employees to be happy with their job. If you want to retain good staff it’s not as simple as offering a pay increase or an attractive benefits package. There is something else that they value more than remuneration, something a little more intangible. They value job satisfaction.

Fail to plan and plan to fail: why you need to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

So it’s week two of 2016, you’ve already skipped your morning run twice and you caved in and drank a few too many glasses of wine on Saturday night. While it might feel like the wheels are wobbling already, it isn’t yet time to give up on all of your goals for the year.

The New Year is when nearly everyone starts to set new goals for themselves, both professionally and personally. For busy managers, this is the ideal time to consider how to put these into action over the coming weeks.

Getting your head in the game: four tips for really achieving your goals in 2016

Getting your head in the game: four tips for really achieving your goals in 2016

So Christmas has been and gone and you’re staring down the barrel of another 12 months of work. Think back to this time last year, did you achieve everything you set out to do in 2015? If not, that’s OK – no one’s perfect. We all pay lip service to goal setting but how many of us really take the time do it well? Effective goal setting is the key to real success so we’ve put together four tips to help you really get on track towards big things this year.

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