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5 Ways to Win the Hearts of Employees

July 19, 2012

Editor's Note: Ask the Expert is a new column in which experts answer reader questions about starting, running and growing a business. Here, we introduce Adam and Matthew Toren and invite you to post your questions to the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #YEAsk. Your query might be the inspiration for a future column. For a previous Q&A, read "6 Tips for Closing the Generation Gap"

Q: How do we win over the hearts of uninspired staff?
-- Fayaazo Ahmed Ameer, South Africa

A: A very good question -- particularly as we're in the throes of summer, when thoughts of vacation and longings for lazy beach days creep in. But keeping your employees motivated, inspired and productive should be a top goal for any organization -- no matter the season.

Here are five ways to root out downers and leave your shop inspired and productive:

What tips would you add for inspiring your staff? Leave a comment and let us know.

Ask the Expert: 6 Tips for Closing the Generation Gap

Submit your questions in the comments section below and the questions with the most "likes" from other readers will be answered. On Twitter, use the hashtag #YEask. In July, the Torens will answer the question that's most favored by readers each week for a month. Please include your first and last name, your location (city and state) and the name of your business in your comment.