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Did you know that people rarely leave Team Forleo? (Not in a Hotel California kinda way, just in a super happy employees kinda way ? ? ? ?.)

We have a phenomenal team and I love them like family. But getting here hasn’t been easy.

Over the years, I’ve made a lot of painful mistakes and learned even more about keeping your team motivated and inspired.

I’ve always been creative with my company incentives — because I had to. Today I’m sharing five unusual ways to motivate employees by giving you a peek inside the best perks we offer at Team Forleo.

One of the biggest lessons is this:

Motivating employees isn’t all about money. These 5 perks make for a happy, productive team.

If you can’t offer big salaries, but still want to grow and hire your dream team, this episode’s for you.

You’ll learn:

✓ The easiest perk almost every company is ignoring
✓ Why you’ll catch my team making wacky sounds at each other
✓ How to make employees excited to tackle big problems
✓ The one benefit everyone fantasizes about and how you can make it happen

Nobody rises to low expectations. A-Players want to step up, not level out. Click To Tweet

Even if you’re not looking to grow a team, what you’ll learn in this video can help you re-think what it means to be an A-player at work.

Pay special attention to #5 — you can incorporate this in your office without anyone’s permission and it can radically improve the quality of your worklife, fast.

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After you’ve watched this episode, tell me:

Outside of big salaries, bonuses or profit-sharing, what are some other ideas for meaningful, creative incentives to offer your team?

Leave a comment below and let us know. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

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Thank you so very much for adding your voice to the conversation. The dialogue and connections that happen in the comment area are truly priceless (and yes, we read them all).

If you have friends, clients or colleagues who struggle to find the right people for their team, share this post. The world needs more happy, engaged and passionate teams!

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  1. This came at the perfect time. I am also expanding and am dreading the hunt for talent. Competition is fierce in my market, but now I am motivated and ready to dig in. Thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      It’s awesome to hear your business is growing, Janis! We’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll find the perfect team soon.

    • Competition is a good thing when finding talent especially when you have something special to offer them. Congrats on your growth and much success finding the perfect people.

  2. Thanks, Team Forleo. I appreciate learning and seeing how you are really the CEO of your business. Thank you for all the information you share yesterday, today, and always.

  3. Thanks Marie and team for the insights on this! Been thinking about it a lot lately in my biz and how to get creative. I resonate with the question you received because I spent 10+ years working in the for purpose sector and we HAD to get creative. In addition to purpose and flexibility, the possibility of travel was a big draw for my former team. Also the opportunity to take on side projects with other teams that interested them x

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s wonderful, Catarina! I can definitely see how travel and the opportunity to work in multiple areas of interest would attract people.

    • That is a great idea, thank you. We aren’t ready to hire just yet but I’m going to put this into our strategic plan for 2018. It is also a great way to get new board members. I want to build our “for purpose” this year and really get the message out there. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you.

  4. #5 goes such a long way. Knowing that I’m part of a team and that I’m doing a great job (and I’m valued) means so much.


    • Cam Perry

      Yea I’ve left and stayed at jobs purely off number 5 alone. Probably is the most important thing out of the whole list.

  5. Hi Marie and Amazing Team Forleo,
    Up until June 2017, my business was just me. I have recently employed a few staff and I must say your five tips do work. They certainly have for me over the past 3 months. In addition to your valuable advice, I also find that small achievable goals / challenges keep them engaged, pumped and entertained so we have a lot of them in place too, especially for the Sales team to be super charged from start to achieving their targets. It is such a powerful driver 🙂 I want to also let you know that we do love you and your unique contribution that you make to all our lives over here in South Africa at Global Talent Mine. Thank you so very much for all that you are and all that you share. <3

  6. Thanks Marie! As an event design business owner, it makes most sense for me to utilize freelancers. It’s taken me a long time to find and keep these extraordinary people! I’m so appreciative of their help and insight! They’ve shared with me why they really like working with me and why it works. I simply let them shine! It’s easy! Why hire someone for their skills and talents if you micro-manage them? I not only value their opinions, I let them step up and try something I had never considered, even when “under the gun.” The results are amazing and everybody, including my client, is thrilled! : )

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Kristin! It’s so good to hear you’ve found talented professionals you can trust. And it sounds like they’re thrilled to be able to do what they love and be trusted for their expertise.

  7. Great episode (as always). It has got me to thinking about ways to apply this to a freelance team. I’m thinking it would be great to explain my “mission” so even part-timers understand how they are helping row the boat. Also, I have been thinking about really nice thank-you’s. Handwritten notes and gifts seem appropriate. And tips – so that I can also show financial gratitude. Good reviews are part of this also. I am very early in my start-up phase but I look forward to incorporating this into my philosophy from this phase so that it becomes part of my culture as I grow. I would love to hear from anyone on other ideas for retaining good freelance talent! xoxo

  8. Wow, Marie! 6 weeks of paid vacation?!? In the US?!? Are you, by any chance, in need of a graphic designer/art director? 🙂 xx

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you for your desire to be a part of our team. Although we’re not currently hiring, when we are we’ll post opportunities on our jobs page at

      • I was going to ask the same ? I’m a hairstylist/makeup artist

  9. What a great topic this week! We are only as strong as our team – especially if we hire up. I have found not everyone is motivated by money… one of the most fun conversations is to find out what motivates them personally… is it recognition? an experience? an opportunity? It isn’t always money… so my tactic? ASK. 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a really smart tip, Shelagh! Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

    • Liz Charpleix

      So important! The company I left to become self-employed was so bad at motivating staff. They kept imposing ‘wonderful’ plans that just demotivated everyone; new plan, new level of demotivation. Being ordered to have a good time (their way), having special achievement prizes announced but not delivered, having incentives awarded to the same team member month after month… When if only they’d asked, I’m sure many of us would have appreciated being offered the five things on Marie’s list. Flexibility and SINCERE acknowledgement of our importance to the business’s goals would be my top two, which definitely didn’t happen.

  10. kate

    Fabulous episode. It’s wonderful how you celebrate your employees. I wish everyone did.
    we all need to celebrate each other – daily!

  11. Anati Bloch

    I just want to say thanks for spreading your amazing energies. You are one of the best pick-me-uppers on this planet. Glad I subscribed.

  12. We’re always looking to up our employee perks and engagement, and although we haven’t adopted the monkey noises or reggae horns yet… This video gave me a lot to think on!

    One thing we realized as a small and fast moving company is that we’re constantly onto the next task or project, and taking time to celebrate is so important!

  13. Leslie B

    Fun snacks and free meals! (even cheap meals mean you don’t need to worry about lunch that day!)

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Nice! Everybody loves free food. 🙂

  14. Terri Fuller

    This was a great video! Thank you for sharing. One perk that I think is appreciated is paid time off for volunteer work with a qualified 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. This gives employees an opportunity to get involved in the community and contribute their time to a worthwhile cause.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s an amazing idea, Terri! I can definitely see how that’s fulfilling and helps the person feel supported in what they’re passionate about, even if it’s outside of work.

    • Brilliant! I love that idea. As a non-profit, we can use help on so many programs, especially our “Breathe Easy” tree planting program. What a fantastic idea! I’m going to look for companies that do that. Imagine all the trees we could plant in areas that need them. After the hurricanes, South Florida and Puerto Rico are bare and need trees for shade, wind protection, water absorbtion and so much more. Corporate hands-on help would be amazing. We have the trees, just need the hands to help plant them. You blew up my brain with this one, thank you so much!

  15. Barbara

    I work with volunteers, so I use words of affirmations, that I respect their time and talents. I also make sure to reiterate this while providing quaility, resarch based trainings, and never ever talk down to them. My volunteers are seniors, so asking them what they need and doing my best to find donations or connections to resources connects us and shows them that I really do care about them, not just the service they provide.

  16. Love it! Super awesome advice…as always! Marie, do you read off a teleprompter or talk off-cuff during your videos? You’re such a powerful presenter and I would love to improve my presence on camera.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Great question, Jordie! Marie picks all the questions beforehand and outlines her answers, so she knows the talking points she wants to cover by the time the camera is turned on. If you believe you’d find a teleprompter helpful, there’s nothing wrong with using one, especially if it makes you feel better and/or you have a long video you’re filming where it might be difficult to memorize a list of the things you want to say. Marie has had a lot of practice since she’s been making MarieTV episodes since 2011. The more time you spend in front of the camera (even if you’re just practicing and never show the footage) the better you’ll get! 🙂

  17. I’m in my third year in business. While I’m working together with my mom, we are actually working in separate offices in different cities. This summer I was happy to have a full-time temporary staff member, who’ve helped me out so much. She told me she was waiting for her work visa and meanwhile wanted to do something interesting. So, I’ve offerred her to pay some money and cover lunches. I’ve also presented her some stationary items (organizer notebook, a thermo-mug, and a cotton bag). Then I had a part-time summer intern who I’ve also offered to cover lunches for. I promised to send her a T-shirt of the project, she worked on. With interns we’d buy some fruit or sweets and have them at our office with tea or coffee, which were on me too. I now have a part-timer and am also continuing that practice, as well as interested in learning about other ideas.

  18. Heidi

    What I love most about you, Marie, is that you take a look at a situation, decide what is ideal, and make it happen. I so love that you live your principles and make it seem easy to do so!
    I’m an idealist and you make my heart sing!
    Bring on the joy, and the fun. and the humour into the workplace!

  19. I love your generosity and loving spirit Marie. The way you take care of your employees is awe inspiring. Generosity is the key to life. Thanks always for the brilliant advise and guidance from a true goddess.

  20. Paul

    My team is leading a large multi-year software implementation and adoption program and the day-to-day accomplishments sometimes get overlooked. e.g. fix a bug there, enhance a report field there, etc. So to continually recognize achievement and motivate the team, I borrowed an idea from my 4th grade teacher and brought in a “marble jar” to acknowledge each improvement. Every time a little victory is won, the team member adds a marble to the jar. When it’s full (about 150 marbles) we celebrate the milestone with a team outing!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s fantastic, Paul! In addition to being a fun way to track progress, I imagine being able to drop a marble in the job brings a similar kind of satisfaction to crossing off an item on a to-do list, which is also good for motivation and morale.

  21. Kimberly

    As a manager, we tend to have control over each person’s role and projects they will be taking on. A simple tip is to find out what your folks really enjoy doing at work and give them more opportunities to grow in that area. For example, I lead a learning organization and I used to manage all of our on-boarding programs but eventually turned over the reigns to one of my team members after she expressed interest in running these programs. She has breathed new life into them and I can tell this has definitely “amped” up her engagement at work.

    • Carrie R.

      I love This! I believe in focusing on what people are good and helping them to become GREAT at it, building their confidence rather than focusing on their weaknesses. I believe the “improvement plans” are counter productive. Nobody excels at everything. looking at employees as true individuals with unique strengths and gifts and Really honoring them will usually inspire a person enough to really focus on improving the weak areas all on their own with offers of support and guidance if needed. No adult wants to be “put on notice” flopping in the wind…..this is dis-empowerment and a missed opportunity for a business owner to develop a new rock star. ( Obvious abusive or unethical behavior is not what I’m talking about here 😉

  22. Joanne G. Larkins

    Under rated newer techniques to offer a team: Group and individual Yoga Laughter sessions, Group and individual Donna Eden Energy Medicine Exercises, Group and Individual Tapping sessions, Astrology chart readings, because sometimes someone is just having a “Horrible, Terrible, No good, Very Bad Day.” You are doing a remarkable job, Marie, and each and everyone of your team.

    • Darcy

      These are fantastic suggestions!

  23. Stephen Donahue

    I like the idea of employees being engaged to work on their own projects, to be given a small percentage of work time to develop their own project of their choosing and then present it to the team. People are amazing idea generators when given the opportunity.

    Guest speakers can provide a wealth of off-work topic experience. Homelessness. Mental health. Flower arranging. Let’s take your mind somewhere else for 30 minutes. Too often community engagement in companies is donations to this cause or that. As a team one of the most engaging off site things we did was serving lunch at a local homeless shelter.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love that, Stephen! While there’s nothing wrong with donating money, I can definitely see how serving lunch at a homeless shelter is both a great way to give back AND a wonderful way to strengthen the bonds of your team. Good thinking! 🙂

  24. I agree with all your 5 incentives. We are hitting all but one. High Tech!!! Uggg. We are having so many issues with our internet provider, COX. Can you provide some awesome options that will help us? I understand they might be a little bit more costly but I am done with Cox and AT&T. Tried them both.

    We work out of our home. FYI

    Thanks and wishing you guys have a wonderful day.


  25. This was super helpful to hear and learn from. Building a start-up we are in that transition phase of launch and I love your idea of part time versus hiring one full time. Thank you for sharing the ideas!

  26. Kristie Lynn

    Love this video! Thank you! I will keep all this in mind for my future. Bless you all!

  27. What a great episode. As a non-profit, we work with lots of volunteers. I always thank them profusely and give them whatever I can, like trees for their yard, or organic cotton t-shirts with our name and logo. If we have food donated or other items I offer those too. Sharing whatever we can with them makes them feel appreciated. I feel that their time and energy is a huge value and benefit to the mission. Since many are gardeners, they love taking home healthy native trees to plant in their yards, and I love knowing the trees are going to loving homes. A win/win for all involved seems to create a love fest of joy and happiness. P.S.I love you hair and dress in this episode.

  28. Clara

    Awesome stuff as always Marie… we are starting to talk about building a team so this was timely!
    (B-school graduate and a raving fan)
    Clara Rose

  29. Devra L Thomas

    Hey! Great suggestions. I’ll chime in from the nonprofit side: employees get lots of juice out of meeting program recipient (donors do, too). Be open, transparent, and let everyone get their hands involved in helping out the mission. When I was working in nonprofit arts admin, my volunteers always enjoyed meeting my actors (I ran a theater). It was a super simple, low cost way to let folks feel like insiders.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a great idea! What a cool way to make people feel special. 🙂

  30. All great suggestions! I would also suggest to Elizabeth and other non-profit leaders to begin educating your funders on the importance of being able to attract and retain top talent in order to fulfill your mission. There’s something called the Overhead Myth ( which we need to debunk so that organizations that are addressing our social challenges have the resources they need to be successful. The more we can do to encourage funders to support infrastructure (salaries, training, technology…) the sooner we can begin to move the needle and find lasting solutions.

  31. A great video, Marie, love your tips!
    What I will add is – support their growth and development. People crave feeling like they’re challenged and growing. There are so many different ways to develop skills and knowledge that don’t require a big budget, such as mentoring, teaching others, and volunteering (just to name a few). [That’s why I wrote a book on this topic – I want to help employers keep good people! 🙂 ]

  32. I couldn’t see the link to the languages. Could you send me the link please?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Hi Joanne! There’s not a specific link, though I just emailed you some tips to help. That message should be landing in your inbox now. 🙂

  33. Thank you for this video and spreading this message! I worked for a large company for years who did pay very well, but they also did all these things you listed. They were amazing at attracting strong talent, fostering work / life balance, offering lots of the perks you mentioned, cultivating engagement and growth, and public recognition and appreciation. It was the best 2.5 of my life working for a company. I’m now on my own and it’s just me for me, but what I learned helps me with how I structure my days and the room I leave for fun, inspiration and connection. Thank you!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s fantastic, Vania! We love hearing about companies that take care of their people. It’s wonderful to hear you learned some important tips while working there that you were later able to use in your own business. 🙂

  34. Thank you! Perfect timing as I am expanding, and taking on a freelancer as a permanent part timer, if that makes sense?!
    Before I was always worried about “letting go” but actually its joyous giving someone else tasks to solve and sort out and give me time for other things! Its win win! And I so appreciate a good team.
    A beach day and lunch was all I was able to do as a thank you for arduous but awesome Summer work but we had such a fun time and I also see me asking for their opinions gives to them a lot.
    And I love the tech point….yesssssss its vital all round!
    Great video and as always inspiring. Thankyou!

  35. Melissa

    Thank you for this video, very inspiring.

  36. Paying for training is the one thing that my husbands workplace doesn’t pay for outside of bare essentials. It means he feels left on the shelf and likely stuck in the same job for as long as it takes to pay our bills. (No end in sight!)

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s such an awful feeling. I’m really sorry he’s feeling stuck and I hope his company undergoes a massive culture shift soon! It sounds like it’s very needed.

  37. Maeve O'Byrne

    When I ran a NGO we paid all our bills using a ‘Airmiles’ card, we were then able to use these miles to send our employees off to conferences and workshops that otherwise we would not have been able to afford (the miles covered both flights and hotels)

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s brilliant, Maeve! What a great way to earn rewards for something you were already doing (using your card) and supporting your team too. 🙂

  38. Debbie Evans

    Oh my gosh, girl, you read my mind on this one! Making a contribution, having time & location flexibility, and having the tools to get the job done efficiently are HUGE for me – good for you, Marie. And WOW! 6 weeks of vacation!!
    Thanks for this episode – it gives me hope that there are employers who get the importance of caring for your staff – ! 🙂

  39. Oliver

    Hi, our team is also a non-profit and we are working on home owner association management. We are new, still building foundational strength and a framework to help the organization thrive: What I can do to help is instill loyalty and commitment by –
    1. Offering Them an Out: show that our efforts to save money at the association are premised on future long term growth that offers the opportunity to secure financial security ( in terms of building money reserves) and an ability to potentially cash in on a payoff ( appreciation of their unit) should they decide to sell.
    2. Offer Them a Plan of Action which demonstrates that while matters at this present time are precarious at best – I am presenting them a plan of action – to extricate us out of this scenario to establish a foundation of accomplishments upon which the association may point to dignify its efforts.
    3. Stream Line Process of Doing Things – managerial, administratively, within and outside of the association so that they don’t have to worry about rules, policies, or procedures or potential – “What if”, scenarios.
    4. Maximize Automation to Reduce Effort and Costs – Implement various policies and procedures that maximize automation and cost – so that there is less doing and more free time – as well as less opportunity cost undertaken when actually doing work .
    5. Show them that; “YES” ,as small as we are, there is opportunity for widely varied growth options, that are accessible and feasible as well as capital improvements to add collateral to our going concern potential.

  40. Flavia

    Listen to your team ideas and acknowledge them, even if isn’t used, is a great booster!
    I’ve been shut down many times and every time I felt unworthy!
    Who will put effort in a project if you’re feeling unworthy or if all your ideas are ignored, right?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So true, Flavia. Listening goes a long way, even if the ideas don’t get used it still lets them feel valued knowing they were considered.

  41. Thanks for the great tips! I have my small, but oh so special, Team Enchantment from my Enchanted Journey. I took them out for an enchanted afternoon and they were so appreciative and we had a great time. I do celebrate them for doing their part in getting the work done. I make them handmade little cards of gratitude and encouragement.
    Thank you, Marie, as always.

  42. Thank you for these tips!

  43. Eugenia Flores

    Wow now I really wanna work for you! Do you need a graphic designer?

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thanks for your desire to be a part of our team! Although we’re not currently hiring, when we are we’ll post openings on our jobs page at 🙂

  44. Benson Modie

    Brilliant question from Elizabeth and great response from Marie and The Team. It is indeed becoming increasingly difficult to find people with that much commitment, enthusiasm, tenacity, resilience etc., to form an effective team to create solutions to meet real needs, across all sectors of human life. Thank you so much for the ideas shared, very motivational.

  45. Paden Bhutia

    Hey Marie, I’m an entrepreneur from India. Your videos continue to inspire me. And I wanted to just to say a huge Thank You!

  46. Barry Hall

    Brilliant answers Marie, many thanks for sharing them with us. – Barry.

  47. How about free product? As an incentive or appreciation! When I hired guitar teachers to expand my business, I offered them free lessons.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Melissa! That’s such a great way to support their professional development AND help them get better at what they love. Sounds like a win-win to me. 🙂

  48. Laura

    Great tips! Just wondering where the links to the other MarieTV episodes are? Marie mentioned that they would be below the video but I could not locate them. I’m looking specifically for the one with Simon Sinek. Thanks!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Happy to help! The Simon Sinek episode is here:

      And you can check out all the MarieTV episodes grouped by topic in our MarieTV library here:

      If you’re having trouble finding episodes on specific topics you’re interested in, feel free to write to us at infoATmarieforleoDOTcom and our team will be happy to send some recommended episodes. 🙂

  49. Jennifer

    These are all really awesome ideas! For me personally, work-life balance is the biggest theme in my life. I am fortunate to work at home right now, and I have realized how much it enhances my productivity to be able to take short breaks frequently throughout the day to stretch and breathe (especially between different tasks, as I learned from your interview with Brendon Burchard!). I’m not talking about a full-on yoga session, but I do like to get down on the floor and stretch out my back! Usually for about 3-5 minutes. If I ever go back to work in a shared office space, the first thing I would ask for (or implement, if I’m the boss!) would be a small corner of the office devoted to this, maybe with 2 or 3 yoga mats if employees want to do this at the same time. I envision a privacy divider, so that employees can go behind it and not feel like they are being watched or judged while they take this break. While there may be a small potential for abuse of this perk in a larger company, I think that solid employees anywhere would benefit greatly from this.

  50. Hello Marie, team, and everyone here,

    Thank you for another great video!

    Here’s a tip to implement Marie’s Incentive #3, for nonprofits only:
    There is a great resource out there called TechSoup (I’m not sure if I am allowed to post links here – just search for TechSoup, a nonprofit so a .org not .com) whose mission is to provide access to technology to other nonprofits and charities.

    Tech Soup provides new programs, computers and tools, like Microsoft Office or Norton Security. I direct a not-for-profit, and we were grateful to benefit from wonderful products from them. And they are global too, for those outside of USA .

    I hope that helps! It helped us!


    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this great resource! 🙂

  51. oluwatoyin

    Wao Marie! Then,me!me!(hands in the air) will love to work for you! lol.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thanks for your desire to be a part of our team! While we’re not currently hiring, when we are we’ll post openings at

  52. Mel

    “The Best Tech.” THANK YOU! I think a lot of employers might overlook the value of this. It’s surprisingly demoralizing to work on outdated or inefficient equipment. Something as simple as upgrading equipment shows that you (as employer) do care!

  53. Linda

    Mentoring!!!! Add a formal mentoring component within your team so everyone can learn and grow from you, or others. Or they can step into the role of teacher. Everyone wins when they get to step into new learnings and new spaces. Xoxo

  54. Donna Burney

    Just goes to show – how cool it is for someone who does the Right things- and can Own It – and make the rules. 6 week paid vacation and the right materials for the right hard working people. Nice!

  55. Stephanie Watanabe

    This is a super helpful video, thanks Marie + Team Forleo! My boo and I are getting ready to open a California wine bar in Brooklyn and will be using these tips as we outline our hiring process, who we want on our dream team and how to make them happy. Thanks for the insights! xo

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so exciting, Stephanie! We hope you have an amazing grand opening and that you find the perfect team to help bring your dream to life. 🙂

  56. Great episode Marie!
    Something fun (and low cost) we added to instill team appreciation is “Bonusly”. We use “Slack” for our team messaging and Bonusly integrates with it – I give everyone $50 per month that they can use to award to others on the team with Bonusly points (which can be redeemed for almost anything on their site.) The catch – the awards show up on our Slack channel for everyone to see.
    Team members use these points to thank others for help, inspiration, great work or general silliness (we see some pretty funny #hashtags associated with these awards.)

    This tool has really helped us build team unity, kindness and great attitudes. It also supports team members working remotely really well!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Bonusly sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing this great tip. 🙂

  57. Michael

    This is great Marie. The last company that I worked for gave so little that it caused incredibly high levels of disengagement and caused such high turnover rates that I was recruiting for new positions regularly. I pushed the Owners to address many of these issues as I was well-aware of these added benefits and of the challenges of the business and the Owners, whom I reported to, could care less. It was sad and it’s refreshing to see companies like yours who offer these benefits!

  58. We are just now creating our employee handbook and onboarding process so this was incredibly timely for us!
    Awesome ideas and suggestions….thank you! I love the vibe of positive energy too…. of course, from Marie but all of the comments as well from the community!
    I’m uber curious about something though, that Marie said in the copy before the video….
    “Over the years, I’ve made a lot of painful mistakes and learned even more about keeping your team motivated and inspired.”
    Could you let us in on some of those painful mistakes? I always feel that there’s a ton of value in learning what not to do as well as what to do in most everything in life.
    Such a powerful teacher!


    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Kerry, we’re so happy to hear that this episode has helped you come up with some great ideas for your employee handbook and onboarding process!

      Marie has shared snippets of her story and how it’s evolved over the last 17 years in many of our MarieTV episodes. If you haven’t watched this one, take a look at how starting ‘small and/or sucky’ is sometimes the best way to begin:

      No matter the mistakes that Marie has made, the ones that you’ve overcome yourself are even more important, hold even more weight, and become even more powerful teachers. We’re wishing you all the best!

  59. KG

    All great tips, Marie! Appreciation is always poured on. I give as much as I get and work to a high level to show by example. Also, always share images of where we’re headed and ask for there contributions and input on things. Keep it a juicy, fresh and positive working environment. Thanks!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      KG, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here. Painting a vibrant vision for your team, and holding the space for outside contribution is a beautiful way to move forward. We can feel the juicy, fresh, positivity!

  60. Kevin

    Showing your appreciation to your employees when they have done something great, is a great way to keep them motivated. Great topic.

  61. I love this post! You nailed it!!!! The only thing I would offer is I’m not in the position to hire yet but I do hold the vision for the person I need. Holding that vision, their skills, personality, etc. given me the ability to know what I want and know there is someone out there that it the perfect fit.

  62. Great video! I run an organic snack brand. It’s a rather small 4 people team and it’s incredible what we get done with such a small team. Sometimes I fear they don’t feel apreciated. It was one of my goals when I started my own company to build a healthy and fullfilling work environment! One of the things we do here is trying not to work on fridays during the afternoon. We have a yoga class together and then go home. Of course sometimes there’s some extra work that needs to be done and people end up staying a while longer after class. But I feel that having that break together really helps to keep us united. I’m also extremely flexile. I’ve never said no to some time off. But trying to be my best self and attaching this much to my employees makes it hard to call people to reason when something goes wrong. How do you address that yourself, Marie?

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Lia, it sounds like you’re taking all sorts of great steps towards building a beautiful and supportive working environment. There is a bit of a tricky line between being lenient and flexible, and holding people on your team accountable to greatness. If you haven’t seen this episode where Marie digs in and shares how she runs a happy team, take a look here:

      One other thing that Marie emphasizes is that teaching by example, holding yourself accountable first, and then holding your team to the same standards, is the best way to create that fun and productive balance. Wishing you all the best!

  63. As a member of the team ( I am not a leader), after I watching this video, I have to say that I totally agree with five tips you told. With me, these thing is as important as money or bonuses or profit-sharing. Coz it inspiring me (as you do in this video) and make me feel that job is my passion, it is not a boring job.
    My idea is I hope every member in the team know clearly that what position of them, how important of their job, their position with success of team. Well, it sounds like belong to tip five of you but it is one of what I want when I join in a team work!
    Finally, thank you so much for everything!

  64. This makes me wonder if part of the problem with job satisfaction with teaching in New Zealand (which is what I do and where I’m from) comes from the fact like we have no flexibility, outdated tech, and not the work-life balance many assume we have due to our holidays, as more work is simply crammed into term time. While challenge and appreciation are certainly possible depending on the school’s culture, parental complaints are much more frequent than kudos. These are some things to think about as we get deeper into the struggle to attract and retain staff.

  65. Great video like always! I’m sharing this on LinkedIn! More people in HR need to hear this stuff and know about you.

  66. Breana

    ❤️ you, Marie!!! Loved this episode!!! As a programmer with new job opportunities consistently coming my way, I felt this was spot on. Money cannot buy a great company culture that is task-driven, full of purpose and gives you the flexibility to create a life you love. I wish more companies realized this.

  67. I love the inside of this video! Very realistic and more entrepreneurs should consider all the tips. I would like to know more about finding and hiring the right employees. Maybe some tips for the interview and recruiting process.
    Thank you and keep up the good work!

  68. Ahh this is wonderful. What clever ideas for teams! Love it.

  69. I used to be the GM of a super-busy third-wave coffee shop, and my staff was coveted by the other small businesses in the area because they were smart, they were helpful, and they stuck around.

    I had three rules for myself when it came to hiring, and they were these: (1) I had to interview until I found someone I thought would mesh with the rest of the team, even if it meant were were short-staffed a little longer than was ideal; (2) I had to make sure every person felt heard at any time with any need, and I would hear them out as long as they needed to talk; and (3) if someone asked for a raise, I tried to make it happen for them.

    Sometimes it was painful for me to do these things, but I always made them happen because I wanted to be surrounded by a team that was happy (because it made me happy) and I needed to be respected as a leader. It sounds simple, but it really, really worked!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Alexis! It sounds like your management experience provided you with some valuable insight that can apply to many different scenarios, both at work and beyond. Your team was lucky to have you as their leader and we’re grateful to have you in our community. Thanks for stopping by!

  70. All of your videos are motivational. i am a big fan of yours… your blog is abiggest platform for learning.. keep updating.

  71. Diana A.

    A very simple way to add value to your employees’ work experience would be to provide breakfast one day a week or lunch. Even if it’s just bagels and coffee or subs from a local deli, this would be an inexpensive way that I KNOW I would appreciate.

  72. I’ve always appreciated my birthday off paid. No one really wants to go to work on their special day. It’s important to know when your staff birthday is so either the day before or the day after, when they are at work, team members can make a fuss of them and everyone can enjoy a celebration. Leaving work even 30 minutes early on a Friday goes down well too or before a long holiday weekend.

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