A consistent paycheck, pat on the back and the occasional swift kick in the butt used to be enough to keep employees motivated. Oh how things have changed. A new generation of workers raised during a precarious economy bubbling with anti-establishment emotions and topped with a healthy portion of guaranteed government benefits creates a very difficult worker to motivate.
Thinking outside the box is my go to trick for fixing just about every problem I encounter. So, for those workers who are not willing to put forth the effort I introduce the "Newbie" hat! Not meant to be a punishment, but rather a motivator, employees can move up to "Rookie", "Pro", Ace" and "Master" hats by completing a training regiment.