It’s a new year, which means new goals and objectives for your business and your team. Here’s how you can keep the momentum going through 2016.
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It’s not surprising that many employees returning to work after a long break, drag their feet through the front door. Helping your staff find their momentum in the beginning of the year can be difficult.
Here are a few ideas I’ve implemented with my own staff to get them motivated for the year ahead.
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Open channels of communication
Being able to converse with your employees is key in the business world, especially when trying to drive motivation. Remember to compliment your team on any tasks that they’ve completed at this early stage of the year - encouraging your staff members that they have done a good job is important.
On the other side of the coin you also need to be able to provide constructive criticism when they’re not performing. Providing a path for your team in order to improve will not only be motivational, but also develop an efficient workforce.
Incentivise with rewards
Creating a once-off event or competition at work at this time of year will help encourage and propel staff to work hard for their reward.
For example, you might book an early team-building retreat, or simply set up a casual day at the office. Whatever you choose to do, remember that it needs to motivate the staff to be effective.
Allow some flexibility
At the beginning of any business year, workflow around clients and suppliers may be slow. Rather than have your employees twiddle their thumbs all afternoon, offer them flexible work hours.
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Not only will you prevent your workforce from getting bored and frustrated, but with an incentive like offering shorter work hours once the work is done, you’ll see a boost in productivity.
This offer should have a set time-frame - first month only - but allowing this type of career freedom will not be forgotten, helping you in turn to maintain a motivated workforce.