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Employees name appreciation, communication and incentive programs as top motivators

With the economy in a slump and U.S. workers faced with myriad other issues, many businesses are looking to employee rewards initiatives to get their operations on track.

With the economy in a slump and U.S. workers faced with myriad other issues, many businesses are looking to employee rewards initiatives to get their operations on track.

A recent study from NETtime Solutions reported that the majority of companies are attempting to give their staff programs a personal touch to boost motivation. For example, 88.5 percent of managers who took part in the survey are encouraging open communication as a way to motivate their employees.

The other modes of motivation included hosting corporate outings (53.8 percent), providing training or education reimbursements (50 percent) and setting up employee recognition programs (46.2 percent).

Researchers also surveyed employees to identify what motivates them in the workplace. The top response was "feeling appreciated," with 83.3 percent, followed by "open communication with management" and "incentive programs," with 58.3 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

Businesses can draw several conclusions from this survey, with perhaps the most important one being that managers and/or owners should speak to their staff to determine what motivates them.

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