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I really never found anything in particular that would have long lasting effects on employee motivation. It was only short term. Some of the stuff that I tried was
1. Managers received paid health insurance and paid cell phones
2. I tried the whole "quality bonus" thing. I graded random properties on quality, and at the end of the week, you could receive a cash bonus of $2 per property. It was usually around a possibly $30 to $40 bonus. But, each property that I looked at that had poor quality, it resulted in a -$2 from the total.
3. Business Meeting Cash Bonus: Sometimes if someone offered a great idea that would save the company money, they received a $25 cash bonus.
4. Based on your time spent working there you could have paid vacation and paid sick leave. My one manager guy that was with me for about 2 1/2 years, had approx 2 weeks of paid vacation a year, and 3 paid sick days a year.
5. Once a month I would take the employees out to breakfast on a Thursday or Friday before the start of the day.
6. I would buy there pop or water for the days work
7. This one is the best one yet that I found: Employees were given a guaranteed pay. Part time guys were guaranteed 20 hrs ad week, while full time was 40 hrs a week. If the finished work early, and only put in 38 hrs, they were still paid the 40hrs per week. Well, it motivated them to work faster for they could get home earlier, because not matter what, they still knew that they were going to get paid full even if they got done early.
8. Another thing that motivated employees was when I actually worked at the job sites with them. I will give two examples:
Example 1: I remember one particular day, I was driving around giving bids in my shirt and tie, and I decided to stop in and check up on a crew. One of the guys was having a horrible time keeping the lines straight while mowing and couldn't figure out how to straighten lines that he messed up on. So I hopped on the mower with my shirt and tie, while my employees just stood there shocked and awed that I actually was there helping them out working in my dress clothes. They talked about that for weeks.
Example 2: My employees were doing a landscaping installation project of where they have to move tile stone over to the beds. They were taking their sweet time. So I bet them, that I could move more stones than they could in the same amount of time. If I lost, they got to have the next day off, if they lost, they had to buy me lunch the next day. Well, I got treated to a very nice lunch the next day. But the impression of me working fast, and hard really motivated them to work harder.
Now, with me, when I did work a job, what motivated me was when other employees around me actually wanted to work and not stand around. I know, I know, it sounds stupid, but it's true. If they worked hard, then it motivated me to work hard as well.
1. Never ask your employee's something you are not willing to do yourself.
2. Work with their schedule too! They are there to make you money. If one of my employee's wants to take a Friday off and I can cover for them...then so be it. I don't mind getting my hands dirty and it keeps my staff happy.
3. We give all of our staff the option to go to pursue advanced learning seminars over the winter. It shows that you are serious about them and the company.
I thought about that before. See, for the managers they were guaranteed like 35 hrs from March 1st to November 30th. From December 1st to February 28th, they were paid on the % of the snow removal, because I couldn't afford paying them any extra during the winter months do to the lack of income coming in
I looked into that heavy before. Talked with many companies that offer this service, but I just can't see myself doing it. Too much liability. I would probably say between all of the services, besides tree removal, that holiday lighting would be the second highest liability service that someone could do.