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What motivates today’s ‘knowledge workers?’

The authoritative management style is fading. These days, many jobs involve knowledge work, where an employee’s main contribution is subject matter expertise. Consequently, a manager’s role is evolving into more of a “team leader” or “motivational coach.”

To motivate employees to succeed, it is important for leaders to focus on:

– Connection: Employees want to feel connected with others. Leaders should create opportunities for employee engagement and collaboration.

– Culture: Monetary rewards can be short-lived. Employees seek experiences and meaningful purpose. If a company’s mission and values resonate with employees, they will genuinely care about the results of their own performance.

– Christina Norton, Revenue Management Solutions


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Time-cap your time-suck

Do you have a hard time concentrating on a task for any length of time and never get into deep work mode? Do you get lost in social media or email and neglect your important priorities?

Try the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer, like Focus Booster, and work for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break. Repeat three more times and take a longer 10-20 minute break.

If you become distracted with a thought during a work interval, jot it down on a piece of paper rather than opening up another tab or switchtasking. Your productivity will soar.

Marcey Rader, Founder, Work Well. Play More!®