Keeping staff happy and motivated is important at the best of times, but even more so during the time leading up to the festive season and New Year. It’s very easy for employees to get distracted and lose interest at this time of the year, so it’s vital, as a manager or small business owner, to do whatever you can to maintain momentum, keep morale up, and encourage employees to stay focussed on their year-end goals.
Keeping staff happy and motivated is important at the best of times, but even more so during the time leading up to the festive season and New Year. It’s very easy for employees to get distracted and lose interest at this time of the year, so it’s vital, as a manager or small business owner, to do whatever you can to maintain momentum, keep morale up, and encourage employees to stay focussed on their year-end goals. Apart from this, it goes without saying that very often, feeling happy and appreciated in a role at a company can automatically lead to staff experiencing a high level of job satisfaction. Read on to find out what you can do to keep your employees engaged, motivated and productive, especially when they need it most.
Let your vision be your guide
Ensuring that the vision you have for your business is clearly defined and understood by all your employees is a good place to start when it comes to keeping them engaged. In many ways, your vision acts as a guide, a sort of roadmap for your staff, as once they have a solid idea of the goals of the business and what their role is in getting it there, it will be easier for them to remain focussed and work hard to achieve the ultimate vision. Understanding the company’s vision also means that employees know what to expect and won’t be caught by surprise by any twists or turns.
Walk the walk but more importantly, talk the talk
The power of having open lines of communication within a company should never be under-estimated. As a business leader or manager, it’s your responsibility to create a culture of communication and ensure that all lines of communication are both open and effective. Employees should be made to feel comfortable enough to speak their minds and secure enough to know that whatever they say will be received and noted. Developing an open, two-way conversation between staff member and manager is vital if shared goals are going to be achieved by working together. Regular meetings, training sessions, Q&A opportunities as well as consistent updates can be helpful when it comes to maintaining effective communication.
In the past we’ve spoken about incentivising employees, but on top of this, it’s also important to provide regular feedback and recognise those who do great work. These can both be excellent motivators and when people receive public acknowledgment, they will almost always be inspired to continue producing quality work. When an employee feels “forgotten” or that their hard work goes unnoticed, they are likely to lose motivation and possibly begin to under-perform as a result. This is why it’s vital for managers to recognise such individuals and thank them on a regular basis – you’d be surprised at how far a pat on the back can go.
Give employees what they want and need
Supporting and nurturing employees can play a significant role in how they perform. If staff are made to feel comfortable, encouraged and assisted in their day-to-day tasks, the chances are that they will feel valued, and therefore more inclined to do a great job. Checking in with employees personally every so often can help managers ensure that staff remain happy and receive all the assistance they require (such as tools, training etc).
Keep people engaged
If employees feel involved they’re likely to remain engaged and energised. Finding ways to include them in planning and decision-making can really lead to them feeling empowered, as well as driven to achieve excellence in all they do. For example: If people feel responsible for a project from the start, they are likely to fight for it and work extra hard to ensure its success. So don’t be afraid to entrust certain staff members with tasks you feel they will “make their baby” and do whatever they can to make it great – they will appreciate it and be more engaged than ever before.
Make things fun
Although this can be a tricky one, injecting some fun into the mix can end up boosting productivity and motivation levels. Things such as exciting outings and Employee Days can really help improve morale. Providing free food at the office can also help put a smile on peoples’ faces – after all, it’s the little things that count. If people are happy and enjoying themselves, they’re likely to want to put more effort into everything they do.
Customer satisfaction undoubtedly begins with employees, so happy staff is almost always going to mean happy customers. You may have the best products and services on offer, but without motivated and committed employees behind them who are willing to go the extra mile, this becomes almost meaningless. So do what you can to keep your employees happy, engaged and motivated – it will undoubtedly show in their work.
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