Personally I think a once a month planned special or reward really helps to motivate in the midst of the busy season. Whether that's taking them out for a meal, treating a round of golf, or whatever. As soon as we finish one, they are already planning what they want to do next month. Lol. But bottom line you gotta trust your employees. If you can't then its not worth having them IMO. As owners we also need to be mindful of which "hat" we have on. Managing is totally different from our entrepreneurial mindset that most of us are in. Read some books on managing employees and it will help out a good amount.