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Motivating Your Workforce

Each month, Automation World devotes a column to the workforce, called Automation Team.

This column reinforces Automation World's editorial focus on the automation team, which brings together engineering, management and information technology (IT). As with most teams, leaders are needed to provide a vision, identify objectives and navigate project waters. Our December issue focus is on the workforce. In the September 2010 issue, the Automation Team column/primer tackled the topic of how leaders motivate their workers. The September article is the most read online column/primer over the last three months (as of this writing), and it provides some surprising observations on the best way to motivate knowledge workers. See below.

Automation Team: Motivating Knowledge Workers

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