The holidays have passed and people are crawling back to work. Most of them are going to be pretty unenthusiastic about it. They’re also going to be slow to get back into the daily grind and start working to the best of their ability. As a small business owner, you can’t really afford to let this linger and your employees need to emerge from their holiday lethargy. You need to get started on motivating them immediately. Here are some tips that you can follow. These will help your employees get back into work mode.
Don’t Overwhelm Them with Dozens of Emails
No one likes to come back from the holidays and be greeted by an overloaded inbox. That would just discourage employees and make them feel that they have a lot of work to do. Too many emails can also lead to missed information and other such problems. It’s better to simply organize your tasks and communication in a way that your employee can handle. For example, if you want your employee to tackle a task urgently, just send one email detailing the task and reserve the rest for later.
If you have any important information to impart, it’s better to communicate that to your employees personally. Information can get lost in emails, especially if there are too many of them. So, if you employee needs to be aware of important changes in a project or deadlines, let them know personally.
Start Using Teamwork
Getting your team to touch base after the holidays is a good idea. You can do this by organising a post holiday meeting. In this meeting, you can clearly define the roles of every team member clearly once again. You should make sure that your employees know what tasks they need to handle and how to handle it.
When you do this, you give your employees are very clear road map of what they need to do. That allows them to focus on work more easily and get back into the swing of things.
Make Work Manageable
One of the most important factors to consider is the post holiday workload. This is primary reason behind most employees dragging their feet. Yes, work tends to build up over the holidays but simply bombarding your employees with it would lead you nowhere. It’s a good idea to get organized before communicating with your employee. Instead of sending all tasks to them at once, create a manageable list of task with clear timeline and deadlines.
When you do this, you should also make sure that you give your staff room to breathe and allow them some break from work. Most people would want to speak to their colleagues and catch up. It’s a good idea to allow this as it would only improve productivity in the long run.
If you keep these suggestions in mind, you’ll be able to encourage your employees to leave holiday lethargy behind and get back into work mode.