There is no doubt that it can be hard for workers to get back into the flow of working after the three bank holidays that comes with the Christmas period, even harder if your company does not require staff to come in at any point over this section of time.
So what can you do to boost this inevitable slump?
Here are a few top tips to help your staff morale and consequently their motivation.
Promote Work Life Balance
If your staff know that you value their lives outside of work they will be more encouraged to work harder for you during work hours!
Actively encourage them to focus on themselves when they leave the office and try to persuade your staff to take as little work home with them as possible. If someone is taking too much work home with them then they will get little time to reset and will quickly lose their working momentum, meaning they will have less and less motivation to do their work well.
As a direct opposite to this, the people who can fully recharge every night and weekend, or spend their out of office time doing leisurely activities will be much less likely to fall into a slump. They will be able to do anything they need to without being completely drained from being overworked.
Identify Problems When They Arise
This is very important for both the company and the member of staff. Nothing is more disheartening than finding out too late that you have to redo the entire job again but in a different way.
The likelihood is, the member of staff being corrected will be told a more effective way to go about their project. This will encourage the individual as their job will suddenly be easier and they will know for sure that they are doing the correct job - they will know it will not need to be redone or tweaked afterwards.
This will also ensure that the person will know they can go to you for advice or to ask for any help as you have helped them in the past.
Stop Micromanaging Your Staff
This can be one of the most frustrating habits that someone can have in a workplace, it can completely stamp out a person’s desire to work to the best of their abilities and become more irritable.
Though it is good to offer advice when it is needed, constantly doing so because you believe that there is only your way of doing something becomes worthless as it can have an extremely unhelpful effect on the workplace instead of a positive one.
Not only this, but micromanaging means you are constantly interrupting somebody’s workflow, they will not be able to get into a steady working rhythm.
Use Reward Systems
This is a great way to motivate people, who doesn’t want to be rewarded for all of their hard work?
To give your staff a goal to work towards is the perfect way to promote hard work from your staff at the start of the year. There always seems to be less excitement in the first few months of the year compared to the last few months of the year, so it is good to try to keep spirits high.
Creating a rewards system will mean that your staff now have something to look forward to again and to strive towards in the colder winter months.
Offer Employee Growth
If people can see that their hard work will get them a better position in the company they will have more motivation to work harder in order to one day achieve this possibility.
This may not always be a new job title but could also be to do with new opportunities for the members of staff or maybe even giving them the chance to learn new things.
If somebody thinks that their job will lead nowhere then they will have no goal to work towards and so will likely begin to feel less and less driven to work to the best of their ability.