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1001 Ways to Energize Employees Paperback – May 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0761101604 ISBN-10: 0761101608 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761101608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761101604
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Empowerment. Self-Directed Teams. Continuos Improvement. Achievement Awards. Personal initiative. It would be impossible to do justice to the enormous wealth of ideas that Bob Nelson, in his remarkable 1001 WAYS series, has elucidated for both employers and employees. This bestselling series points to a new way of looking at employee-employer relations, offering practical advice, case studies, thorough research and evidence, and clear business theory. Also available: 1001 WAYS TO REWARD EMPLOYEES, the bestselling title that started the series; 1001 WAYS EMPLOYEES CAN TAKE INITIATIVE, turning its voice towards the ambitious employee who wants to develop self-leadership, set goals, and build a team; and the 365 WAYS TO MANAGE BETTER Page-a-day Perpetual Calendar, with daily advice for the consciencious manager.

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"A motherlode of practical ideas and practices on building employee morale and unleashing employee potential. It represents the new frontier of organizational effectiveness--teaching us to treat our employees as we want them to treat our best customers." -- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Author of THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

"This exciting book is the secret weapon that every employer can use to make productivity soar--one employee at a time!" - Scott DeGarmo, Publisher, SUCCESS magazine

Take the brakes off your business. From management specialist and author of the innovative bestseller 1001 WAYS TO REWARD EMPLOYEES comes a practical handbook chock full of ideas for increasing employee involvement and enthusiasm--the key to an organization's success. Weaving together case studies, examples, suggestions, and quotes from hundreds of America's most energized businesses and business leaders, 1001 WAYS TO ENERGIZE EMPLOYEES is a how-to for getting not just the most--but the best--from everyone in the organization.


More About the Author

Bob Nelson, Ph.D., is president of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a founding board member of the National Association for Employee Recognition (NAER), and bestselling author, including the 1001 Ways series and Managing for Dummies. Dr. Nelson lives and works in San Diego, California.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Hallander on December 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
I like this little book for highlighting out-of-the-box ideas for improving the enthusiasm, and therefore the productivity of employees. Each energizing idea is described succinctly in a short paragraph. The ideas consist of short stories of some strategy or new approach a particular company implemented, and what the rewards and benefits were. About three of these vignettes fit on a page; about 212 pages minus the index, table of contents, and some other overhead, makes for quite a few suggestions. 1001 of them I guess. Some of the ideas are pretty original, such as having the boss call everybody's mother when a tough project is completed on time. Some suggestions are old news, like having a team-building event in which participants must depend upon each other in order to achieve some goal, like scaling a wall. I say "yawn" to that idea, but I liked the one about the mothers. I bet my mom would fall over if my boss ever called her.
The book is sprinkled with quotes, bullet lists, principles and ideas that you are welcome to take or leave. I must say, I have heard a lot of this before, but there are one or two useful tidbits.
I recommend this book for people who want invigorate their organization. Throw away the clichés and you will find some good solid original ideas in "1001 Ways to energize Employees." Even if you only find one useful idea amongst the 1001, and it helps your company or your employees, "1001 Ways to energize Employees" will be worth your investment. Anyway, it's cheap.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was enlightening. I never knew there were so many easy and low cost ways to energize employees --- and Bob shows you all of them plus more. A must-have for today's best managers. A great follow-up to Bob Nelson's best-selling "1001 Ways to Reward Employees."
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1001 ways to Energize Employees is an excellent follow-up and companion to Bob Nelson's first book, 1001 Ways To Reward Employees. The current book is focused more on morale building, and gives 1001 fresh, new ideas for building morale in individuals, teams, and organizations. Bob Nelson knows that the best way to build morale is to reward and recognize performance. These books contain 2002 excellent "tools" which can inspire every manager with creative ideas. A must-read.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Thompson on February 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book and I want my money back. The book is clearly written, yet it repeats and repeats things which we all know and things the author keeps repeating in all his well-worn works. Instead of 200-plus pages, it could have been done in 20.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's probably unfortunate that I already owned "100 Ways to Motivate Others" before buying this book. I was looking for ways to help appreciate and reward my volunteers with the low budget I had available. I purchased "1001 Ways to Energize Employees" for the same reasons - looking for ways to help my volunteers feel happy and appreciated in their chosen tasks. Unfortunately, the books seem to overlap quite a bit, and in both cases seem to require quite a large cash outlay.

The book is in essence a collection of random ideas from established companies. One company spent $60,000 building a local playground instead of going on a golf outing. That's WAY outside my budget!! They talk about REI losing $1 million by choosing to situate its building closer to where employees live vs where it was good for shipping reasons. Again, way outside my budget. A company in Illinois saved $15 million by cutting out things like its employee picnic. That's nice (I think?) but again, not helpful at all.

There are a few reasonable suggestions in here. Provide employee training. Provide a way to solicit employee suggestions. Provide frequent updates on company health. These are all very common sense and are offered in the intro area of just about every management book I've seen. But in many cases, the items shown are contradictory. One item says "provide positive feedback on what is going on." The next item says "Be honest about what is going on even if it's bad news". Well? Be positively negative?

I suppose the clearest reason for this book's success is the example that they give, that the most enjoyed feature in a FedEx newsletter is where they report on what other mailing companies are doing. By reading this book, you get "secret" news about what other companies are doing.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By henryraddick@hotmail.com on June 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
As the CEO of a large vending machine distribution company I can honestly say that the company is now unrecognisable after I applied the principles in Nelson and Blanchard's superb guide to energizing the workforce. Their Gay-For-A-Day initiative for equalities awareness was an eye-opener for sure, and has certainly changed the office dynamics. Tremendous.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on October 8, 2003
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If you are looking to truly turn around your company or department, this is not the book for you. When does this book come in handy? If you are seeking for quick ideas to energize your team, and are short on inspiration: that is where it's a very comprehensive source. But be realistic: true energizing and change is a process that can't be bought with treats or gifts, but rather built through trust and open communication, among other things. If you want to really energize your team, then be ready for a longterm commitment from your part, that will go beyond just getting them perks or giving them awards.
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