The end of the year can bring a loss of productivity, as motivation wanes and holidays approach. But the end of the year is just as critical a time to get work done as any other time. Here is how you can combat this seasonal slowdown for your employees and make sure your team is performing strong through to the new year.
Look Back on Strategic Goal Planning
A great way to remind your team of what they were hoping to achieve early on in the year is to address those goals that were previously set. Reprioritizing and reevaluating goals is a great way to get your team motivated again. If your original goals lack a strategy to prepare and follow through on your commitment, now is the time to lay out the steps needed to achieve those goals by the end of the year. These steps are an important tool to help hold yourself accountable throughout the year to see a measurable difference in your actions and keep up the energy through the slower times of the year.
Focus on Engagement
Modern workers are more likely to look for opportunities where they feel better engaged at work. Millennials, as a workforce, want to be interested in the work they do. Ignoring this need will result in surprising rates of turnover, or significant drops in productivity. Companies can truly benefit from offering a more structured and personalized career path. A career path where employees can weigh in on the types of projects they are most interested in, and provide feedback on their experience as an employee. When they feel like they are valued on an individual level, the modern workforce can be a powerful and productive workforce, even through the holiday season.
Consider Your Incentives
To re-motivate your workforce, perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at your workplace incentives (both financial and otherwise). More and more employees are saying that they appreciate non-financial rewards as much and sometimes more than a year-end bonus or raise in salary. If you are unable to invest financially in your team, you should seriously consider what other options you have available to you. These options could include better benefits, more vacation time, morale events, small but personal gifts, or something else to show how much your company values your employees.
Reinforce the Importance of What they Do
Sometimes, just the reinforcement of the value that your team brings to the business can make a world of difference to a team’s motivation. Reinforcing the importance of what your workers bring to the table, the impact they’re having on the business, and what they can offer in terms of their area of expertise. These things will help employees understand how important they are to the business, not just another cog in the machine. Sometimes all it takes is a heart to heart from their manager or from leadership to inspire their sense of motivation.
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