Managers often overlook elements of the work itself that can be highly motivating to employees: autonomy, flexibility, and challenge to name but a few such elements.

Employees need to know what is expected of them and to be given the opportunity to do what they do best every day at work. All performance thus starts with clear goals and expectations. How you set goals for your employees is important, not just for clarity as to what needs to be done, but also for the motivational value it can add for the employee if you do it right. The best goal-setting has three common elements:

  1. The best goals are few in number, specific in purpose ...

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