Surviving the silly season
Tips to keep employees focused, motivated
I AM a hopeless romantic not just in my personal life, but also in business.
The urban dictionary describes us as follows:
Hopeless romantics have larger hearts than the rest of us and they get hurt more than the regular person. A hopeless romantic is an eternal optimist.
They fall in love with activities they do. They see them as living parts they need to cherish with the same care they would give another person.
We live in a time where it is hard to find people willing to give 100%.
Hopeless romantics will give more than 100%. And the urban dictionary believes they are one of the purest things left on this planet.
As an entrepreneur you have a vision and growing that vision entails among other things recruiting a team to help you grow.
As we are fast approaching the festive season you might have noticed that employees become complacent, distracted, negligent and for the lack of a better word, “silly”.
Here are some tips to survive the silly season:
•Don’t let history repeat itself:
Did productivity suffer last year at this time? Identify what went wrong and come up with viable solutions, seeking input from staff where ever possible.
• Leading by example:
Leadership is crucial to maintaining productivity during the silly season.
If employees see their leaders staying motivated and working hard towards achieving goals, they will immediately feel more motivated to do the same. • Setting pre-festive season goals: Did your company set financial-focused, product-focused, or other goals?
Remind your employees of what these goals were and assess whether you have achieved them.
Make sure goals are communicated and in writing, so that employees can refer to the list as and when necessary.
Rewarding your employees for reaching goals keeps both motivation and morale high, so why not try to implement specific incentives for achieving specific business goals.
• Creating a positive atmosphere:
Establishing a positive environment is an important factor in keeping employees motivated.
This may involve allowing the team to get into the spirit of the season by decorating their work space.
• Offer flexible hours:
Flexible scheduling makes employees more focused on their work when they are in the office.
This is especially important ahead of the holidays, when staff are busy, not only with their work, but also at home with planning holidays and buying gifts.
• Show appreciation:
Globoforce’s Workforce Mood Tracker Report shows there is a demonstrable link between acknowledgement and motivation, with 86% of employees saying that being recognised motivates them in their job.
Take a moment to thank your employees for all their hard work throughout the year. This will make them feel appreciated and empowered.
• And then what about you?
The entrepreneur. How do you stay motivated?
I have been very fortunate to be invited to Margaret Hirsch’s Woman of Worth (WOW) group.
I remember receiving the invite on January 8 at 1.42 pm, looking at the names of the other members in the group thinking this must be a mistake!
WOW has become my tribal council, as I like to refer to them, and saving grace this year. Thank you, Margaret, for loving hard and creating a platform like WOW where entrepreneurs can refuel.
As we enter a time of reflection, I would like you to think about the people you are going to surround yourself with in 2019 and where you will refuel.
Wishing you holiday cheer and a happy New Year.
• Alta Keyter is the owner of Marketing Results, which is based in Pietermaritzburg and she is The Witness’ monthly columnist on social media, marketing, the Internet and entrepreneurship.
“... it is hard to find people willing to give 100%. Hopeless romantics will give more than 100%. And the urban dictionary believe they are one of the purest things left on this planet.”