Every time I teach workshops for managers, I hear one question over and over: “How can I motivate my employees?” It’s an important question. Motivated employees are more likely to think creatively, go above and beyond, hold themselves and others accountable for results, work autonomously, want to learn and grow, feel personally connected to the company, and ultimately drive the business forward.

It’s also not surprising that supervisors struggle with this challenge. According to a Gallup poll, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Disengaged employees are, at best, less concerned with productivity, profitability, safety, customer satisfaction, and quality than their engaged colleagues.

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