It takes a combination of soft skills and people skills to keep your people motivated. And it takes a combination of focus and confidence in yourself to be able use those skills effectively. Take the time now to motivate your people in a positive way so they will stay when times improve. When employees hit their goals they become self-motivated. Yes, all of this takes an effort on your part but it pays off in the end.
Linda Hanson, CMC, is a certified management consultant and author of 10 Steps to Marketing Success. She writes, speaks and consults on marketing, management and customer service issues and can be contacted at www.llhenterprises.com. Sign up for her free newsletter The Superior Performance Report.