Show you care

Simply showing you care for employees may be enough to spark their enthusiasm. For example, provide new employees with "survival kits" on their first day of work. The kit should include work materials, such as your company's employee handbook, and fun items, including movie theater tickets and office toys to make them feel welcome.

In addition, you can invigorate a staff meeting by having your management team prepare and serve lunch to employees. You also can make your employees feel more involved in company improvements by hosting a company New Year's party at which employees make a list of changes they would like to occur during the year.

Other motivating tools include allowing employees who have met sales goals to send flowers to anyone they choose. And during your busy season, send gift certificates to employees' spouses and significant others as a thank you for being understanding while employees work overtime. You also can promote employee health by scheduling fruit or vitamin deliveries to the office.