2019 has officially begun, and the majority of your team is probably back from holiday travels. It’s a great time to regroup and connect with your employees after the busyness of the holiday season.
3 Ways to Engage Employees After the Holidays
As your team celebrated the end of 2018, it’s very likely the last thing on their minds was work. Here are a few ways to get everyone on the same page for the year ahead.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Have we made it clear how important it is to communicate? Constant communication should be a practice already in place at your company, but it’s something you always need to be aware of and working to improve. During the holidays, you need to be even more intentional with communication because so much is going on: people are traveling, some want to work from a different location, and we’re all coming back from a few days (or weeks) of enjoying all kinds of sweets and treats.
You want to communicate to your team your exact expectations for their work: days that are off, days they could work remotely, and days you expect them to be back to work as normal. You’ll also want to communicate what the next few months hold. Are there any changes coming up? New clients you’ll be adding? When in doubt, it’s better to over communicate than not communicate enough.
Work Toward Business Goals Together
By now, you’ve already set your business goals for the year ahead. Now is a great time to share those with your team and share how each department has a part in reaching those goals. If one of your goals is increasing profitability by a certain percentage, every team has a role in meeting that goal. Marketing and sales contribute to bringing in new customers. Account managers work to maintain current customers. And office managers and human resources can keep your expenses as low as possible.
Hold a Challenge
Sometimes all it takes to engage people is a little healthy competition. A company-wide challenge might be all it takes to get your year off to a great start. It can be anything: a wellness challenge, a volunteering challenge, or a challenge to see which department can go plastic/paper free for a month. One of the great things about a challenge or competition is that discipline in one area of life usually leads to more discipline in other areas of life. For example, if you decide to focus on mental health, it usually leads to an increase in exercise to help reduce stress, which can lead to better sleep and rest for better health overall. When overall health starts to improve, the overall well-being starts to improve, increasing productivity and employee engagement. Just one small change can lead to an overall more disciplined lifestyle.
Building Strong Teams
Engaging with your employees is just one part of building a strong team to grow your business. Want to learn more? Download our free ebook, A Team Approach to Growing Your Business, below!