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Motivating employees

Learn how to motivate your employees from our collection of books, articles and online resources.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Featured article

Swimming with the tide 
Nick Martindale, Employee Benefits, Apr 2016, Apr 2016, p25-26 
The article discusses the findings of a research by business to business service provider Argos for Business which reveals the impacts of employee motivation schemes towards employee performances.  

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Featured eBook

The concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation
John Adair and Neil Thomas (Thorogood, 2004)
This book includes chapters on understanding teams and their structures, team roles and team member functions, small group dynamics, motivating employees, team building and employee retention. 

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.


Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Useful links

Employee outlook
This survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is produced twice a year. It tracks employee engagement, employees’ attitudes towards their managers and the extent to which they feel pressured at work.

Employee engagement factsheet
A CIPD factsheet, last revised in December 2014. It covers the benefits of employee engagement, how to build an engaged workforce and the engagement levels of British employees. Free registration required.

Lead and motivate your staff
A guide from Business Link, exploring what motivates staff and how to use leadership skills to create a motivated work force. The Business Link website was replaced in October 2012 but no direct equivalent to this page has been included in GOV.UK. The archived guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive. A live version of this information can be found on the Northern Ireland Business Info website.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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