During the lead up to Christmas and New Year, spirits are often high in the workplace. Everyone starts to wind down and look forward to spending time with friends, family and loved ones.
Come the beginning of January the general mood often shifts a bit. Getting back into a ‘normal’ routine, cold dark early mornings, credit cards to pay off, and a few extra pounds to shift after a fortnight of overindulging. Motivation and productivity at work can easily start to decline.
Thank your staff for their hard work
It’s likely that your staff will have worked longer shifts leading up to the Christmas period. They may have dealt with stressful situations and difficult discussions, and it’s understandable if they’re feeling a bit burnt out.
Saying thank you is so simple and it’s something that you should be doing regularly, but it’s so easy to overlook the basics. Remember to show appreciation to your staff and make sure they know that their hard work did not go unnoticed.
Get everyone together to set new goals
January can be a time when everyone settles back into their usual routines. The pressure might be lifted slightly, and whilst this can be a positive thing, it can also sometimes encourage complacency. Instead of letting this happen, make sure that you have a plan of action to guide you through the first quarter.
Call a team meeting, invite feedback and suggestions, and ensure that everyone is fully up to speed and engaged with your new priorities. This will act as a timely reminder that it’s time to get back to business!
Lead by example and get your head in the game for 2017
You might be the boss, but that that doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the January blues! Celebrate your successes and take time to reflect on your achievements over the past 12 months, and then put your efforts into starting the New Year with a bang.
Ask your staff to give you an open and honest assessment of how you’ve performed as a leader, and what you can do to support them better in the future. The best business owners are always considering how they can step up and lead by example.
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