Remember the old proverb "A fish rots from its head." Motivate your employees with your own motivation. If you are positive, committed, hard-working and focused -- your employees will follow suit.
Make sure that your employees know how much you value them. If you value them, they will value you. If you disrespect them, they will disrespect you.
Each of us is unique, with a different set of circumstances, needs and desires. Find out what makes each of your employees tick. Identify their individual interests/desires. If you know what motivates an employee it will be easier to give her what she wants/needs most. Find out what motivates your employees by getting to know them.
Question added to topic Human Resources • February 11, 2009
How can I motivate my employees?
I have both part- and full-time employees. Are there different ways to motivate these different level of staffers?
Elinor Robin, "The Relationship Mediator," has more than 18 years of experience in mediation while working within the public and private sectors.