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Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009 8:08 AM
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Robert.Smith-1001156 (10/7/2009)

I think the best perk management could give me and my fellow propeller-heads would be a small "skunk works" R&D project to develop something really leading edge (on the understanding that it won't take more than x% of my time).

I think Google does something like this, and for geeks its better than cash bonuses or pizzas or pretty much anything else.

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I think this is a great idea. I've actually had an idea like this running around in my head to break up some of the monotony.
Let one person on the team research something new each month that they feel would help the way the company does business or a new way the team does things. Then each month have an informal lunch meeting or something and sit around and discuss it. At the very least you give each person an opportunity to learn something new and put their ideas into action. Even if it turns out to be a dead end. At least they were able to express their ideas and try it out.

In the end I think it has the potential to be beneficial to both the company and the employees.
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I think you have to have a balance. If you are only throwing money at people, then when they have what they want in that regard, they will go somewhere that will treat them well. On the other hand, if you tell people you appreciate them and have neat programs, etc. but only pay average or below average wages, eventually they will feel used, not appreciated. If you really want to motivate people, it takes both.
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I'm not sure that people think being paid average wages is being used. There are plenty of people that would like to make more money, but feel they get paid a good wage.

I like the idea of 10% of your time (or some percentage) being spent on something that interests you and may help the company.







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Great Discussion! The points I would like to bring up are...

After 20 years in the Army, I find the differences between motivating soldiers and motivating civilians very interesting. The same with leadership traits and abilities.

In the military - it is a life and death situation while out in the real(?) world - it is constant PC and threats of Legal Action.

To find a business manger with the ability to juggle military motivation with the insane PC style of the civilian community would be awesome. I would love to work in an organization like that.

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crookj (10/13/2009)
Great Discussion! The points I would like to bring up is...

After 20 years in the Army, I find the differences between motivating soldiers and motivating civilians very interesting. The same with leadership traits and abilities.

In the military - it is a life and death situation while out in the real(?) world - it is constant PC and threats of Legal Action.

To find a business manger with the ability to juggle military motivation with the insane PC style of the civilian community would be awesome. I would love to work in an organization like that.

Joe


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As I walk through the plant daily, I tend to stop and make small talk with the hourly staff for a few minutes. (Small company, and I do a lot of different things, so I'm not at my trusty computer all day.) They respond very well to it.

However, my boss thinks I'm wasting my time and theirs. He worries about a few minutes lost productivity. I worry about their feeling appreciated and that someone cares. I just try to treat them like I like to be treated. I know I work better with a little attention. I assume they will too. Just maybe the boss is wrong on this one.


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