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Motivating employees

Find out more about motivating your employees with our selection of books, articles and online resources providing quick links to best practice and useful guidance.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Briefings
  • Checklists
  • Online articles
  • Articles and books in the Library collection
  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links

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eBooks

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.

Performance management: key strategies and practical guidelines

Describes in detail the different uses and methods of performance management, with case studies and examples from recent performance research.

Positive management: increasing employee productivity

Designed to improve business management skills with a view to increasing employee productivity. Includes chapters on management strategies, organisational cultures and the philosophy of positive management.

Setting performance targets

Looks at performance measurement from a scientific point of view and how it can be combined with an effective business strategy. It addresses the ways in which performance measurement and target setting interact with budgets and organisational culture.

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Briefings

Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Motivating employees

Most employees spend less than half their time at work being genuinely productive. For the business owner, this is frustrating and expensive.

Performance appraisals

Maintaining employees’ focus and motivation is essential if they are to make a full contribution to your business.

Personal development plans

Personal development plans (PDPs) provide a powerful, flexible way to link employees’ professional and personal development with the development of your business.

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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.

Checklists

The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step-by-step approach to key business issues. Access to these guides is available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Balance business and family responsibility

Getting a new business off the ground and managing it on a day-to-day basis can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.

Recruit and motivate key team members

Few businesses can continue to grow if they are run as a one-person operation. Even the most dedicated business owner can only do so much. Instead, your success is likely to rely on building a small team of key individuals.

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.

Employees thrive in coworking spaces

Research shows employees in coworking spaces are thriving in comparison with employees working in regular offices. The flexibility, collaborative nature and community feel of the spaces seem to raise levels of job satisfaction.

How to find talent on a budget... without cutting corners

Whether it's smart social media or collaborating with your rivals, recruitment doesn't have to start with a hefty outlay. Examples include Wheyhey, a south London start-up which uses Snapchat to recruit and employee engagement consultancy PurpleCubed, which uses multi-job posting software.

How I did it...

Young staff don't make work their main priority. Bob Moritz, U.S. Chairman of PWC, explains how his firm keeps Millennials motivated.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

How to motivate staff

09-2013

Motivating staff is essential to the success of any small firm. Motivated and engaged employees will go the extra mile, they contribute more ideas and work harder to achieve your business objectives. And good workplace morale also improves staff retention.

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.

Useful links

Employee outlook: Autumn 2013 
This employee survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is produced twice a year. The survey tracks employee engagement via the Employee Outlook Engagement Index as well as employees’ attitudes towards their managers and the extent to which they feel under pressure at work.

Employee engagement factsheet 
A CIPD factsheet, last revised August 2013. Covers the benefits of employee engagement, how to build an engaged workforce and the engagement levels of British employees.

Lead and motivate your staff 
Guide from Business Link which includes sections on what motivates staff and using leadership to create a motivated work force. The Business Link website was replaced on 17 October 2012 but no direct equivalent to this page has been included in the new website. The archived guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive.

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