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8 morale boosters to try now

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Workplace budgets remain tight, yet recession-weary employees are more in need of morale boosters than ever. Now’s the time to use a little creativity to reward workers.

Here are a few ideas from Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, whose advice appears on a Harvard Business Review blog:

1. Time.
Extend a deadline, cancel a routine meeting or send folks home early.

2. Glee. Hire a local high school jazz band or glee club to come perform—for a low, low price.

3. Name recognition.
Name a hallway after a standout employee, posting signs with his or her name.

4. Serve it up. Have senior executives prepare breakfast, park cars or deliver mail.

5. Memories. Frame a photo from an event and send it, along with a note, to a team.

6. Rule suspension. Have a rule that everyone hates? Suspend it for the day or week.

7. Handwritten note. Write about how a worker has made a difference, and send it to family members.

8. Convenience.
Save employees’ time by bringing in a service, such as a dry-cleaning delivery.

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