As the new year approaches, most employees are racing to complete their tasks so that they can enjoy their much-anticipated Christmas holiday. Employees are anticipated to quickly get back into the rhythm of things once the holiday season is over and everyone returns to their normal. Many people, however, struggle to reacclimate while still in their post-vacation bubble. While we'd like to believe that after the holidays, people return to work feeling refreshed and energized, the reality is that this is not always the case! When the holidays are gone, the enthusiasm and festivities fade, and employees are frequently overwhelmed by the work that has built up during the vacation. Additionally, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the "winter blues" begin to set in for certain employees (a milder form of SAD). According to Workforce.com, 6% of the US population has SAD, while 14% has the winter blues. According to research, chronic disorders cost organizations $26 billion in treatment costs for depression and $51 billion in absenteeism and lost productivity. So, what can you do to motivate and inspire your employees to come back to work in the new year?
Follow the advice in this article to get off to a good start this year.
1. Assist in getting rid of the Monday blues.
Begin the New Year with an all-hands meeting with the entire staff to assist ease into the work routine. Begin the meeting with a warm-up game in which participants discuss one item they like about their vacation and one thing they missed while away from work. This will allow them to contribute while also providing them with the opportunity to begin thinking about work initiatives that should be on their radar. Then, break down the annual goals into quarterly objectives. Make the team's expectations clear and promote the discussion to encourage excellent teamwork collaboration and get people charged and engaged.
2. Create a Goals Framework
Employees can't be expected to be productive if they don't know what they're working toward. The best way to motivate your staff once they return to the office is to have a clear vision with specified goals and objectives. If you've done a "year in review," you should already know what your business objectives are for the coming year. But don't forget that each member of your team must understand their individual tasks as well as how to track the success of future assignments. Lay out your strategy and get everyone enthusiastic about what you're going to accomplish in the new year!
3. Encourage adaptability and work-life balance
Supporting work-life balance is one of the most important things you can do this year to help your staff perform at their best. This is a relatively new phenomena, but more and more employees are searching for a leader that is ready to offer them flexibility alternatives, such as working from home on occasion or taking time off for personal appointments. Trust your staff, be honest about your expectations, and provide a safe work atmosphere that encourages work-life balance. This will surely increase the productivity and engagement of your workforce.
4. Create an incentive-based recognition system.
Employees might be encouraged when they are given incentives or rewarded for going above and above and becoming top performers. Create top performer programs to award certificates of recognition, excellence rewards, and incentives to individuals who exceed their goals. These achievements might be highlighted in performance reports to encourage career advancement chances. Most employees will attempt to give their all if the incentives are monetary or provide an ego boost.
Most importantly, remember that deeds speak louder than words. As a result, if you want a highly motivated staff, you must lead by example. Remember to approach the new year with a positive attitude and an optimistic view. Communicate openly, solicit criticism, and acknowledge accomplishments. Be festive and fun when the occasion calls for it. Finally, be prepared to work just as hard (if not harder) than the rest of the team. You may motivate your staff to put their best foot forward and provide the finest results for the growth of your business in this manner.