From malaise to praise

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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.

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