To motivate your firm's employees, it's important to help them understand the real-world impact of their hard work, writes Scott Eblin. Some companies run field trips that allow plant workers to see finished products in action, while others display used products -- a bullet-proof vest that saved someone's life, for instance -- to remind employees what they're working toward. "[L]eaders can accomplish big things by connecting their people with the higher purpose of their work," Eblin writes.

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