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Motivating employees

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

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  • eBooks
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  • Checklists
  • Online articles
  • Small Business Update
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Featured article

Most people don't know whether they're paid fairly

Research suggests that one of the top predictors of employee engagement is a company's ability to communicate its pay policies clearly. Transparent conversations about money can actually mitigate low pay and help employees feel satisfied at work. 

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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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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.

Concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation, The

The book contains chapters on understanding teams and their structures, team roles and team member functions, small group dynamics, motivating employees, team building, employee retention, and a leadership skills checklist.

Effective people management

The book includes chapters on team building, personal effectiveness, staff recruitment, performance management, employment issues, implementing change, and career management.

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.

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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.

How to achieve work-life harmony

If finding a work-life balance sounds as achievable as hunting down the Loch Less Monster, try aiming for work-life harmony instead. Chad Martinson suggests some ways forward, including agreeing goals with your loved ones, focusing on your team's overall achievements rather than micro-managing time worked and accepting that life doesn't always go to plan.

Most people don't know whether they're paid fairly

Research suggests that one of the top predictors of employee engagement is a company's ability to communicate its pay policies clearly. Employees feel their salary figure is not just a number but reflects how valued they are; in turn this plays a role in how engaged they are in their work. Transparent conversations about money can actually mitigate low pay and help employees feel satisfied at work. Additionally, compensating top talent at market value and discussing how pay was determined is more effective than paying above market value without any discussions.

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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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