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  • Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be if you want to create

  • a business and life you love, and I think you do.

  • Now, if you ever wonder how to attract and retain the best team you possibly can, especially

  • if big salaries or huge bonuses are just not an option, this question is for you.

  • Today’s comes from Elizabeth who writes:

  • Hey, Marie.

  • I love your show and your heart for service.”

  • Thank you.

  • “I’m the founder of a nonprofit and were in a huge growth spell right now, so were

  • starting to hire, and I want to bring the right people on board.

  • I want to invest in my team, but this seems hard with a nonprofit because donors want

  • their resources to go towards programs, not payroll.

  • I know taking care of your team is how you thrive as an organization.

  • Can you suggest incentives outside of profit sharing that help you grow and retain talent?

  • Thank you so much for your advice, Elizabeth.”

  • Elizabeth, I love this question.

  • As you know, getting and keeping the right people on boardit is crucial to your

  • success, especially in today’s world of low employee engagement and high turnover.

  • But even more than that, getting the right people on the bus makes going to work fun

  • and something you can actually look forward to.

  • Now, I have no doubt that our amazing audience is going to help crowdsource a ton of brilliance

  • in the comments below, but first I want to share five ideas that have really worked well

  • in our business.

  • But before I do that, I want to say something to you.

  • You actually have a huge advantage going for you, because recent studies of employees here

  • in the US show that making a positive impact is the most important measure of employee

  • success followed by, in this order: doing work you love, good work/life balance, and,

  • of course, the pay.

  • So as a nonprofit you have got your purpose game down, girl.

  • Booyah!

  • But here are five more incentives that I want you to consider.

  • Number one is flexibility.

  • This, my friend, is what so many humans crave more of.

  • We crave more control over our own schedule because, let’s face it, right?

  • In life, things happen.

  • Both special events that you just don't want to miss, and people get sick.

  • Plus, putting the emphasis on results rather than who is at their desk at what hours gives

  • people more control over their day and makes them feel trusted, which is hugely important.

  • Now, of course there are positions where you do need to be at your desk at certain hours,

  • but in those cases you might want to consider having people cross-trained or consider having

  • a few part-timers instead of one full-timer.

  • Number two is time off.

  • Because I’ve got to say, what’s one thing we all want more of?

  • More time!

  • Amen.

  • Yes, we do.

  • So, Elizabeth, how can you be generous about giving people time off?

  • I’ll tell you what we do in our company.

  • We give people six weeks of paid vacation, plus paid holidays, plus something called

  • inspiration days.

  • Now you might be asking, what are inspiration days?

  • Inspiration days are paid time off that you can take to do something fun and inspiring

  • like go to a museum or head to the beach, or learn beekeeping ... in Spanish.

  • Don't anger the bees, or they will kill you.

  • Ow!

  • Number three is the best tech.

  • So youve got to hook your people up and make sure they have the most up to date software

  • and laptops and phones.

  • Now, of course you do not have to upgrade every time something new comes out – that

  • would be a little nuts.

  • But the best tech not only helps people be more productive, but it also builds company

  • pride and morale.

  • Because, you know this, nothing is more demoralizing than trying to get something done and being

  • stymied by the pinwheel of death.

  • Hey, guyguys?

  • Can you hear me right now?

  • Hello? Something’s not right.

  • I can’t feel my legs.

  • So, yes.

  • This one does cost money.

  • But as a nonprofit, there’s a really good chance you can negotiate a discount or a donation.

  • Number four, you want to challenge them to grow.

  • So you need to expect a lot from your people and really challenge them to gain new skills,

  • because if they don't see a growth path ahead theyre not going to stay.

  • You know what I do sometimes is I assign missions to people that they need to go figure out,

  • and 99% of the time it’s around a project that none of us have experience in, weve

  • never done anything like it before.

  • And, frankly, I expect results.

  • And, you know what?

  • They always make it happen.

  • And other times something will come up and I’ll say, “Hey, who’s stepping up to

  • take this on?”

  • And always someone rises to the challenge.

  • And doing that transforms them in a way that’s exciting both for them and for everyone else.

  • And you want to know why?

  • It is because of this tweetable.

  • No one rises to low expectations.

  • A-players want to step up, not level out.”

  • And, finally, number five is appreciation and acknowledgement.

  • Now, I have to say, this is one of the most important things you can do to attract and

  • retain talent, and it’s one of the most underrated.

  • You have got to make it a part of your company culture to celebrate and appreciate and publicly

  • acknowledge people for their hard work.

  • Now, for example, when someone in our company hits a milestone or they just kick some major

  • butt on a project or when a team gets something monumental done, we pour on the specific and

  • sincere recognition for each person.

  • I mean, we clap, sometimes we make monkey sounds, we will throw the confetti in the

  • air.

  • We go to town celebrating.

  • And, you know what?

  • When something is real good?

  • Yup, gets a little reggae airhorn.

  • Now, this year things were so good that to show my appreciation for my team I took everyone

  • on a company vacation to Mexico.

  • Yes.

  • Now, obviously I’ve been in business for many years now and this is not the kind of

  • thing that I could have done early on.

  • So if that’s a little too nachos in the sky for you, start simple.

  • Do something maybe like a company brunch.

  • Anything really where the only agenda is connection and having fun.

  • So there you have it, Elizabeth.

  • Five creative ideas to help you both attract and retain top talent.

  • And before we wrap, make sure that you watch these other episodes on this topic too.

  • So the first one up is my secret weapon for leading a happy team.

  • And, yes, it involves handcuffs.

  • Second, the one with my good buddy Simon Sinek on how to inspire others to do remarkable

  • things.

  • I’m going to put links to both of those right below this video.

  • And that was my A to your Q, Elizabeth.

  • I really do hope it helps.

  • And now I would love to hear from you.

  • So outside of big salaries or bonuses or profit sharing, what are some other ideas for meaningful,

  • creative incentives to offer your team?

  • Now, as always, the best conversations happen over at the badass land of MarieForleo.com,

  • so go there and leave a comment now.

  • And once youre there, be sure to subscribe to our email list and become an MF Insider.

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  • Youll also get some exclusive content and special giveaways, and some personal updates

  • from me that I don't talk about anywhere else.

  • Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams, because the world needs that special

  • gift that only you have.

  • Thank you so much for watching and I’ll catch you next time on MarieTV.

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  • Is this cool?

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  • No mas.

  • Bye, everyone.

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