Over the past nine years of interviewing entrepreneurs and small business owners for the MSNBC program “Your Business” and as the founder of Goodshop, I’ve heard a lot of different ideas around how to make sure your employees continue to challenge themselves.
Here are three that work:
Set Expectations High From the Start
From day one, you must make it clear that you expect employees to do their very best work for you.
Whenever anyone new hands in their first project, ask them, “Do you think this is absolutely complete and your best work?” And if he answer is no, give the person a chance to go back and improve it.
The key to making this effective is to no look at the work before asking the question. This way is does not come off as criticism, but rather a setting of expectations.
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