Last Updated Jun 22, 2011 5:21 PM EDT
Or maybe not.
According to researchers at Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, many of the super-rich are deeply unhappy and feel their wealth has contributed to significant anxiety and stress regarding love, work, and family. (Have to admit I didn't see that coming.)
Worse, most respondents don't feel financially secure. They want more. A lot more. Just like the rest of us.
And just like your employees -- even though studies show, for example, that pay increases only serve as a short-term performance motivator.
If money is not a long-term motivator, what is?
You: What you say, what you do, and how you treat your employees, each and every day.
So instead of simply hoping pay increases will produce results, add a different approach to your motivational toolkit. Give the reward of caring -- and delivering.
Here's how. Today, ask an employee for one simple thing you could do to make their job better. Cure a nagging problem. Take care of a continual headache. Remove a roadblock. Eliminate a task no one cares about anyway. Get past, "But that's how we do things... and besides, it's your job," and make a small difference.
And above all, don't make the employee be part of the solution -- take care of the issue for them.
All you have to do is ask what could be better, take responsibility for making it better, and most importantly deliver.
That's a reward that truly will make a real difference to your employees, creating a lasting effect on how they view their jobs, how they view themselves... and how they view you.
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