From malaise to praise
EMPLOYERS can respond to the post-summer blues and help staff be more motivated and productive by being more involved with the workforce.
Power2Motivate chief executive Ben Thompson says it can seem a tall order to help employees come to work full of energy and ideas when many hibernate from the cold in winter.
But it can be achieved with some effort, he says.
PLAN for success from top to bottom.
‘‘Develop a success plan with each employee or team in the company,’’ he says.
‘‘Hold weekly, monthly or quarterly meetings to discuss plans and goals and praise great work that is working towards achieving those goals.’’
TRAIN employees and keep them up to date with industry trends.
‘‘Employees need to be equipped to handle their responsibilities competently,’’ he says. ‘‘The right employee training, education and development results in greater contribution to the business, willingness to learn and develops productivity and loyalty.
‘‘Encourage and support extracurricular studies and learning.
‘‘When people are learning, they feel like they’re growing their personal value and making good use of their time.’’
CREATE a workplace culture that celebrates great results and high performers.
‘‘Don’t make excuses for consistent underperformers. It devalues the work that top performers produce, reduces morale across the organisation and weakens your position as a leader,’’ he says. ENCOURAGE work-life balance. ‘‘Giving staff 60 hours of work a week to do and then giving them a free gym membership is an empty gesture. Really think about how you can build a balanced workplace,’’ he says.