Employee Life

By Ivan Gevirtz

created: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
updated: Friday, August 10, 2007

In another article, I discussed the importance of recruiting employees, and discussed some mechanisms to do so successfully.

But how to retain employees, keep them motivated and maximally productive?  Some general ideas are:

It is also important to recognize the human side -- different people have different needs.  What motivates one employee may be different than another. I think "compensation" is best viewed in this light. Someone may want more money. Someone else may want more equity. And a third may want more time off, or unusual hours, the ability to work from home, a free bus pass, or the opportunity to change roles/careers. The key is making the employee happy. Happy employees are productive employees.

One incentive program that I've considered but never implemented is to give employees upgrades.  You get a better chair, a better monitor, a cool mouse, more computer memory. Something that is useful at the office, and has geek chick, as well as productivity value.