Soapbox: Keeping your staff happy

28 May 2008
According to this issue's Soapbox Jessica Pryce-Jones says the pressure of an economic downturn can demotivate staff and provides some handy tips to notice.

"So how can you tell that your employees are heading down a slippery slope? Signs include:
Less energy l Increased doubt about personal capability
Less eye contact when you're asking for commitment or ideas
More "yes… but" statements
More grumbling, negative language and negative gossip around the office
And, strange as it may seem, an increase in the disappearance of office supplies."

One or more of these signs should act as a warning that people need attention, support and recognition that they are having to deal with tough issues.

What are the best ways to motivate your staff when the pressure is on?
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