4 key steps to ensure your staff are raring to go in 2017

Most UK employees say that direction and support from their managers is critical to their motivation when they get back to work after the Christmas break.

The problem is, according to research we published this month, that few managers provide what they need, missing a big opportunity to make a fast start to the New Year.

In our last blog we talked about the importance of getting 2017 off to a great start. Here we share some key tips to enable you to tap into their refreshed, new year enthusiasm and stretch your team mentally from the outset:

1) December is the new January

Don’t leave it until the last minute to plan how you’re going to deal with the first day back or you’ll miss the opportunity to turn the potential slumpers in your team into dead cert jumpers. Start January in December.

Create a plan with actions, deadlines and targets that everyone can and will stick to. Fill diaries well in advance so your team has something to work towards as soon as the new year starts.

This not only allows you to free yourself of the pressure to set resolutions and targets in January but you may even have some impressive results to show by then. Think of December as a fresh start, and then slide into January ahead of the game.

2) Communicate clearly and inspire through support

On the first day back, be positive and spend one-on-one time with each member of your team to talk through priorities and targets. A discussion of company strategy and goals will help encourage employees to think about their personal contribution and objectives for the year ahead.

Now is a good time to identify the things that may stop them from succeeding and help them to find a way around any roadblocks. Avoid the slump of the dreaded first day back by establishing some quick wins that will give them some momentum in the first week.

3) Recognition isn’t just for Christmas

Does your team understand that their efforts will make a difference and be appreciated? A key factor in driving motivation among your workforce at any time of the year is being recognised for their work and achievements.

Welcome your team back after the break by acknowledging them and making them feel valued, which will encourage them to continue doing what they do effectively. And even at the beginning of a new year, never underestimate the impact of a simple thank you. There are no seasonal restrictions on showing kindness and appreciation. Start as you mean to go on.

4) Stick to your New Year’s resolutions

Following the high energy and celebrations of the festive season, January marks a time of review and new expectations that could create an unsettled atmosphere among your team. Approach this by offering constructive solutions and support with target setting, development programmes and reward schemes that will increase retention and help your employees to stay focused and positive.

Most importantly, keep the momentum of your fast start to 2017 going by celebrating your team’s success at the end of the first month. This will set the tone for employee motivation throughout the year and ensure your team is always ready to jump at the chance to succeed.

Author: Andy Philpott | Category: Blog | 19/04/2017 | 0

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