How to maintain your team’s performance through the end-of-year rush

Whether you love it or hate it, Black Friday now marks the official start of the month-long countdown to Christmas.

While it’s clearly the time of year to have some fun, it’s also the period which is dominated by business planning and the need to hit end-of-year sales targets.

Add in the inevitable absences caused by seasonal sickness or Christmas shopping days and it becomes a time when organisations and employees need managers to work harder than ever to maintain motivation and performance. Here are five tips to help navigate the long road to the end of the year.

1 Cut out unnecessary pressure 

One problem I see every year is individuals and teams overcommitting on what they can deliver in December. Smart managers take a step back to prioritise and plan their work through to the New Year and ensure they have the people to deliver what is necessary and pushing back on what isn’t urgent. Address this issue early on to avoid compromising the quality of work until the end-of-the-year.

2 Keep your people healthy

As Christmas approaches, the mornings get darker and the number of bugs doing the rounds increases. Sickness absence puts additional stress on the people left behind in the office at this busy time of year. This means its critical to think carefully about what you can do to help your employees stay healthy. Don’t just think healthy snacks and bottled water but monitor stress levels in teams, ensure employees are taking regular breaks and they have the resources they need to do their jobs.

3 Say thank you

There is no better time than the end-of-year to mark the contribution that your people have made to your business. Plan now to ensure every employee gets a personal ‘thanks’ for their work from their manager. Reinforce your gratitude with an end-of-year reward your staff will truly appreciate.

4 See the New Year in with a bang

Remember how much everyone hates the January return to work? Now is the time to think about how you will motivate your employees when they return to the workplace in the New Year. A ‘welcome back reward’ can deliver a New Year bounce in engagement. Subsidised gym vouchers will help those plans to get fit, while introducing an employee savings scheme can help relieve the financial belt tightening which comes after the Christmas period.

5 Learn now for 2019

Make your first New Year’s resolution now by making a note to plan early for the Christmas rush next year. You can do this by putting a date in the diary for January where you can write down what worked well and what you want to change for 2019.

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Author: Andy Philpott | Category: Blog | 26/11/2018 | 0

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