As the start of another potentially tough year dawns, employee input and overall engagement levels can drop as the Christmas cheer wears off. However, the first few weeks of the new year are valuable to an organisation and, if approached correctly, can have an impact on the company’s success and help provide a vital head start.
1. Review and address
A powerful way to improve the overall business function is to take staff feedback of the previous year into account. Ask employees what the business highlights were, what needs to be improved and how. Once accumulated, utilise feedback to identify areas for improvement and prioritise these as a focus for the year. To maintain engagement, keep staff informed regularly about plans and progress.
2. Recognise and progress
As the year begins, employees may place a new career high on their agenda. However, employees who feel valued will be less likely to look for a different role. To help retain great staff, discuss opportunities and objectives for progression. Having clear goals for the year in place helps employees to feel integrated.
3. Re-communicate the company values
Poor communicationfrom the top down remains a key factor in staff dissatisfaction. This is an excellent opportunity for senior management to re-communicate the company vision and values. An effective and well-planned internal communication strategy is essential to ensure that middle-management have access to necessary tools and that everyone is striving towards the same objective.
4. Pay isn’t the only way
Whilst the annual pay rise is typically seen as the most effective way to engage and motivate staff, this isn’t necessarily the case. Staff reward programmesthat are linked to performance and attributed to desired behaviours will play a major role in maximizing employee output.
5. Rewards for all
Providing smaller rewards more frequently encourages employee participation as it ensures the scheme seems more attainable by offering all staff members the opportunity to be successful.
6. Present success
Equally as important as the reward itself is the format in which it is presented to the recipient. The presentation of an award in front of peers with acclaim from the boss for a job well done is a fantastic way to recognize achievements and creates positive lasting memories.
7. Cheerful savings
Organisations can boost staff morale by giving their employees the chance to earn significant and unlimited cashback savings on their every day spending by offering a MySpree cashback card. It’s an excellent tool to boost morale, build relationships and rapport with employees and improve retention by enabling staff to generate cashback of up to 5 per cent at major high street retailers.
8. Consider a scheme for the year ahead
All businesses should plan their engagement strategythoroughly and put plans into action the moment employees arrive back to work.
9. Flexible friend
Many employees may face additional external responsibilities, particularly those with young children. Employers who support staff by being flexible will benefit from appreciative employees who wish to repay them with hard work and loyalty.
10. Celebrate Success
Whilst it’s important to focus on work and productivity don’t let the importance of celebrating success be overlooked. It’s important that employees have something to look forward to now that the Christmas party season is over. So be sure to get an event booked into the diary early because all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.
John is responsible for the motivation division of p&mm ltd and a Director on the board of the IPM. Specialising in developing, implementing and directing many large scale staff motivation, recognition and employee communications programmes. Connect with John on Google+
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