Avoid these common pitfalls:
1. Motivating with money. Recognition and status work better.
2. Jollying them up. Giving nonwork rewards (breaks and free toys) says and does nothing about the quality of their efforts.
3. Ignoring workplace conflict. You must intervene or things will get worse.
4. Overlooking misguided motivation. Employees who get off track need to be redirected to the task.
5. Assuming they’re fine. Just because they’re smart and produce doesn’t mean you can take them for granted. Reward them with the type of work they want.
— Adapted from “5 Myths Debunked,” David Javitch, Entrepreneur.com.
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