15 August 2019
How an employer can get over the post-holiday blues

With Summer exiting our lives and wet grey weather drawing in, now is the time to motivate your staff. The Summer holiday season is coming to an end and more and more people are walking back into the office tanned and miserable. The feeling of summer blues sparks a job surge as people have had time to sit and contemplate life while sipping on cocktails basking in 40-degree heat. This is the time employees need serious attention.

Motivating your employees may not be on the top of your list, but it should be because:

  • Productivity is likely to go up
  • Better service levels for your customers leads to repeat business and a good company reputation
  • Sickness and absences are likely to decrease
  • Better safety in the workplace as the more engaged employees are less likely to cut corners
  • If staff are happy, they won’t want to leave so your recruitment costs go down

As the saying goes, practice what you preach. If you want your employees to behave in a certain manner then you have to show them. The key is to listen to your employees, show them respect and value what they have to say. In turn, you will empower them and also bring the company to the same page. Having a friend is reported to be in the top 10 most engaging factors in the workplace. Even something as simple as drinks after work can strengthen team-bonds and arranging office get togethers allows people to relax and get to know one another outside of work.

If you have asked yourself the question ‘how do I motivate a group of employees to work hard and help my business grow?’ then take time out to think about it. Find out what they are passionate about and give them a project to work on ticking the box of autonomy. This will also allow your employees to master something when given the time to focus on it which in turn gives them purpose in the workplace. By following the three simple steps of:

  1. Autonomy
  2. Mastery
  3. Purpose

You will find yourself a business filled with happy and content employees who want to achieve on behalf of the company, but most importantly stay with you to watch your business grow.


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