Another option for motivating workers without taking the telecommuting route is to get them out of the office now and then for a meeting or other activity. If you remember how you felt when you took a field trip in school, you know the power of getting away from your usual stomping grounds.
Does an off-site meeting have to cost an arm and a leg? Not at all. If you hold it over lunch, many restaurants will provide a private dining room free of charge. If the weather's nice, you can simply go to a park.
What occasions work for an off-site meeting? Problem-solving and brainstorming sessions are naturals because new surroundings help you break out of your usual thinking. A quarterly company meeting or any gathering ...