So here we are at the end of the first full week back to normal after all the festivities. How good has employee productivity been so far?
As a business owner you’ve probably plans, hopes or dreams for the year ahead. But for some, being back at work in January doesn’t always have the same attraction.
Whether your team have been working flat out over the Christmas and New Year period, or they’ve taken time off to take a well earned break, either way it’s often tough getting back into the swing of things in the new year.
It’s time to inject some new energy. Give your team something to work towards so they’ve a sense of purpose and focus, which will in turn improve employee productivity.
Here are 6 actions you can take to get you going…
1. Thank You
Simply say thank you to show your appreciation for their input and contribution over the past year. A thank you and an acknowledgement of a job well done is far more sincere if you’re specific about what you’re recognising, so pick out some specifics.
2. Celebrate and share successes.
Remind your team of all your achievements over the past 12 months. What milestones have you achieved as a business and individually. What were the highlights, and what’s been their contribution?
Staff are more likely to be loyal and work harder for a business they believe in.
Give praise where it’s due to create a buzz for the year ahead!
3. What’s your Why?
Remind people of your purpose and values. now as a good time to review your purpose and values. Are these living breathing and evolving and referred to and reflected in your day to day activities? Or simply a statement that’s tucked away and forgotten?
Be passionate about your purpose – if you aren’t how can you expect anyone else to be?
4. Fresh Focus
Time off often gives people time for reflection and can prompt them to start thinking about other options, career moves or even career changes.
Share your plans for the coming year with your team so they feel involved.
Schedule one to one reviews early to discuss individual contributions and where they fit in with your plans for the year ahead. Ask for their input to demonstrate you value their contribution.
Encourage everyone in your team to have their own goals too. Even if these don’t include working for you long term, discuss how you can help them achieve their goals together.
5. Getting stuck in
It can often feel as if you’re not achieving much in the first few days or weeks back at work. Set some short term goals or mini projects so that everyone can get stuck in and can see some results within the first few days back at work.
It will certainly help focus attention back onto the job in hand, and get everyone back into full flow as quickly as possible.
6. Plan your training and development
As well as your routine refreshers, look at where you can be
- Upskilling and cross training people to cover other’s responsibilities
- Capitalising on individual strengths to enable people to really excel
- Look for opportunities to stretch team members within their current responsibilities so they don’t get stale
- Discuss how you can add variety, set new challenges or stretch them
- Identify what development people need to work towards future roles and aspirations.
So inject some energy into your team to improve employee productivity.