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Motivating employees

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

Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

Motivation theories

Cliff Weight Directors Remuneration Handbook Bloomsbury Professional 2014

Does pay motivate CEOs and leaders? A chapter looking at motivational theory in relation to CEOs and top executives. Includes a motivation checklist for companies to test if they are optimising the impact of their reward systems.

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Employee share schemes

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

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

First-time manager's guide to performance appraisals, The

Guide to performance appraisals from a US perspective.

Concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation, The

A guide to team building and employee motivation for managers and leaders.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Why are we here?

Article looks at how if you give your employees a purpose they are more likely to be engaged and motivated. The key is to tie this purpose to your customers and your corporate strategy.

Feedback doesn't always work

Article discusses how giving employees feedback, whether it be positive or negative may not be as effective as believed and may actually negatively affect an employees development.

Retention plan: Carriers get creative to keep employees happy

Article reporting on the efforts made by insurance companies to retain employees. It mentions the use of basic fringe benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans, flexibility in work time and space, and career development services.

Maintaining self motivation

Advice on self-motivation in professional work in light of research on human motivation. Topics include the need for effective goal setting that involves intrinsic motivation, the use of rewards in relation to loss aversion, and the significance of social influences.

Self motivation is the key to high achieving

This article identify some simple tactics to motivate yourself to continue working when you heart may not be in it. The author explains that self-motivation is a key attribute that distinguishes high-achievers from everybody else.

How do I engage home workers?

The article provides an answer to a question on how to properly motivate colleagues who work from home to prioritize clients over family issues like childcare.

Bridging the gap: don't just say you value your female employees - show it

The article offers several tips for accounting firms to motivate female employees to be partners and principals. These tips include creating a program to make a cultural change, having a clear objective to achieve goals, and involving everyone in the women's empowerment program.

Creating a purpose-driven organization

The authors outline eight steps other companies can follow to break free of the conventional thinking about worker motivation, help a higher purpose permeate decisions throughout the company, and set off a positive chain of events. The article describe how organizations like DTE Energy, KPMG, and Sandler O’Neill have dramatically increased employee engagement after discovering their higher purposes.

"Learning about yourself as a boss can be a real punch in the stomach"

Article examining the experience of Irish paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa, in how its operations developed. Covers the key role played by the group vice president of human resources on the firm's operations, the company's focus on employee engagement to improve performance and productivity, and the firm's partnership with Insead to train its managers.

Unlock performance and value through culture

The article focuses on the impact of corporate culture on the performance and values of a company. It presents information on global human capital by professional service company Deloitte's related to employee behaviour and compliance failures in companies. It also discusses topics including employee engagement and role of corporate boards in emphasizing organisational culture.

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Employee engagement

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD resources on employee engagement and motivation, including a factsheet on engagement and motivation, a guide on managing sustainable employee engagement, the employee outlook survey (UK Working Lives) and other thought leadership reports. Registration required to access content.

Engage for success

Engage for success

Engage for success is a voluntary movement promoting employee engagement. Guidance and case studies are available for different groups including directors, managers and employees.

Staff motivation

Invest Northern Ireland

nibusiness info guidance on leading and motivating staff, controlling staff turnover and implementing staff incentive schemes.

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