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10 Minute Guide to Motivating People by Nancy Stevenson

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Thanking the Family

Most employers forget the fact that most employees have a family—a family who supports the employee when he or she works long hours or is under particular stress. A wonderful and often quite unexpected gesture is to take the time to thank the family of that employee for its support. Try some of these ways to show your appreciation:

  • Write a thank-you note to the employee's significant other after a bout of frequent travel or a few late nights of work.

  • Send a turkey or cheesecake home with each employee at holiday time (many companies used to do this, but the tradition seems to have fallen off over time).

  • Throw an open house for families, complete with refreshments and even entertainment. Invite spouses and children to visit the ...

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