5 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated Before the Holidays
Once the holidays roll around, employee motivation can take a hit. The excitement of the season is easily understood: the decorations, the carols, the parties, the food, and the upcoming break from work alone can make any mind wander. But to a boss, the time before a year’s end can be crucial for wrapping up last minute items before the year’s end. So, it’s important to keep your team’s motivation merry and bright, but still focused on work.
Great leaders always encourage employees to do their best, and to lead by example. To get employees to remain motivated and more efficient than Santa’s elves throughout the season, try implementing some of the five ideas described below.
If your employees have been doing the same thing, day in and day out, for five days a week, every week, it’s time to break up the monotony. Plan something fun to do outside of work, such as a happy hour or going out to lunch. Many people find getting out of the office refreshes their attention span and gets their mind focused upon returning.
“Host a cupcake bake-off, plan a happy hour, start a push-up contest in the middle of the office on a Wednesday, or allow a different person to run the weekly meetings to break up the monotony,” suggests the Young Entrepreneurs Council in an article.
Have a mid-afternoon music or dance session to rejuvenate energy around the office. Seeing a CEO dance around the office at 3:00 p.m.? That’s something your employees wouldn’t expect to see every day!
Encourage Friendly Competition
The keyword here is friendly. With only a few weeks left in 2016, why not have a little competition to see who can get the most leads or sales closed by year’s end? Or, if you want to motivate your employees to do some good this holiday season, see who can bring in the most canned goods, or toys for children. Competition can always be a fun way to not only attain a goal, but also keep employees interested in attaining that goal.
Giving back during the holidays is something that any business can help with during the season. Why not have your team volunteer together as a group? This will not only help your community and the organization of your choice, but you’ll also get to do some team building in the process. Get out of the office (even during typical office hours), get the team together, and help others! Setting aside time during work hours shows your team and your community that this is something you consider worthwhile. It allows team members who wouldn’t normally have time to volunteer after work or on the weekends a chance to help, and it allows your company to have a bigger presence at the event, showing them how much you care about their charity. Working closely with an organization you support is sure to get everyone feeling cheerful and motivated to finish out the season strong.
Mix Up Meetings
Daily or weekly meetings that are routine can get stale. Fast. Employees are more likely to let their mind roam when they’re in a meeting where they know what’s going to happen. Mix up the meetings by letting someone else lead the meeting, or turn your information into something visual such as a slides or graphs. Putting a twist on the expected meeting will cause employees to be more focused and attentive, rather than zoning out before the holidays.
If all else fails, incentives will certainly get your crew to get moving. Incentives can be monetary, but don’t worry, they don’t have to cost a lot. Even a small gift card or a favorite candy shows you appreciate them and encourage them to keep working hard. If spending money isn’t up your alley this season, incentives can be free of charge! Let an employee leave an hour early, or get a special parking spot for the week. The choice is purely up to you, but try to pick something that someone would really want to work towards.
The last push of 2016 before holiday break can be essential for hitting your end of the year goals, and while you may be motivated to finish out strong your team might be already clocking out for vacation. By switching up meetings and sprinkling the usual routine with spirit, giving, and fun, you can motivate your team to press on until the holiday break with smiles on their faces.