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What are some ways that managers can motivate their employees?

What are some unconventional ways that managers can motivate their employees, so that they will produce higher quality work?
Answers that would be most helpful to me would be those that could realistically be implemented into US businesses today.

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  • Nov 19 2013: Get out of the way.

    One of the first things I learned when running my own company was that most corporations -- large and small -- put roadblocks in the way of staff. Nobody wakes up in the morning and says "I think I'll go to work and do a shitty job today", but then you get to work and you have to deal with bureaucracy, poorly trained supervisors, power plays, and dysfunctional systems. Give employees the tools to do the job, remove bureaucracy and roadblocks, and let them get on with it. You don't have to "motivate" people; they motivate themselves. What you have to do is avoid is DE-motivating them.

    Maybe read Robert Galway's list, too. Some wise words there.

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