10 Tips For Keeping Your Best Employees Happy

andy1By Karlyn Borysenko

Your best employees are the people who drive your organization forward – they are more creative, more productive, and bring more value to your organization.

So, keeping them happy must be a priority, because these are the employees that are typically not replaceable.

Here are 10 tips on how you can do that:

1. Know what motivates them

Your best employees are likely intrinsically motivated. That means they are motivated by their work and their outcomes, and not as much by external rewards like money or extra days off.

Sure, those things are nice, but if you really want to get them excited, give them a great project to work on that is in line with their professional interests and the freedom to make it better than you ever thought it could be.

2. Remove the obstacles

The first job of any great boss is to remove obstacles, but this becomes especially important with your best employees.

Think specifically about any political battles and power struggles they may encounter in achieving their goal. It’s not necessarily that they don’t know how to navigate those obstacles, it’s that they consider it to be an incredible waste of time and energy since power struggles shouldn’t get in the way of doing good work.

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