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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
  • Acas guidance
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Featured article

Retention Plan: Carriers get creative to keep employees happy
This article reports 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.

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

Employee share schemes

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

Setting performance targets

Target setting from a US perspective.

Effective people management

A short guide to team management and leadership.

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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.

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.

Flexible working and work-life balance

Acas June 2015

Acas guide outlining important considerations for employers of all sizes when implementing flexible working practices. The guide covers the potential benefits and challenges of different types of flexible working: flexitime, part-time work, overtime, job sharing, compressed hours, shift work, annualised hours, term-time working, temporary working/fixed-term contracts, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts, homeworking, mobile working and hot-desking.

Performance management

Acas

Acas guidance on how a good performance management system can help organisations to motivate their staff. Includes advice on how to get performance management right, measuring staff performance and developing staff.

Settling in a new employee: A step-by-step guide

Acas

Acas tool aimed at small firms and team managers, covering step-by-step how to get new employees off to a good start following their recruitment. Covers actions to take before they start, through to their first few days of employment and finally providing on-going support to keep them motivated.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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