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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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Featured article

More than 9 to 5
Today a good job means more than a living wage; raising employee engagement can mean sharing the company’s success with employees.

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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation, The

A guide to team building for managers and leaders.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

Employee share schemes

Accounting treatment, tax relief and reporting obligations for employee share schemes.

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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.

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.

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.

More than 9 to 5

Today a good job means more than a living wage; raising employee engagement can mean sharing the company’s success with employees. Companies with employee stock ownership plans report significantly higher sales growth and higher revenue per employee. However, virtually all the gains go to those that create an ownership culture, by building in participative management and helping employees learn to think and act like owners.

Resetting teams

A look at the indicators of a team in trouble and how to 'reset' the team culture to provide a healthy, positive work climate.

Motivating the troops

Employees may resist close direction if it's not presented in the right way. This article sets out six factors that can make help you build a team of interested and engaged employees with a commitment to their company.

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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 and motivation
A CIPD factsheet, revised in September 2017. 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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