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Developing Employees by Harvard Business School Press

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Keeping Top Employees Motivated

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Satisfying the needs of your star performers and nurturing their professional growth is critical to your organization’s success. Your best employees, the A players, boost the company performance, both directly (by working diligently at their jobs) and indirectly (by inspiring and motivating others around them). Therefore, it’s critical that you invest the time and energy to keep them satisfied and engaged. Below, we explore ideas for doing so.

Comparing extrinsic versus intrinsic motivators

In the past, managers often focused their motivation efforts on what are commonly known as extrinsic factors—those aspects ...

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