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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 159 IDEA: Send Gifts to an Employee's Spouse

Dr. Allan Weis, president and managing director of Advanced Network & Services, Inc., is recognized as one of the developers of the technical backbone of the Internet. Over the years, he's founded several small, high-tech companies, which demand a lot of their employees.

I met Dr. Allan Weis a few years ago when we were part of a traveling faculty hired by IBM to speak at entrepreneurial events around the country. He shared a great idea to keep employees happy, especially when they are working long hours on complex, technical projects.

One of his morale boosters is to send a bouquet of fresh flowers to the spouses of busy employees as a special thank-you gesture. “I never send roses,” said Weis. ...

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