February 16, 2015
February can be a tough month when it comes to motivation and energy levels for many people. So it’s not surprising that employees may seem a little less productive at this time of year. Fortunately, the following four tips can help you put the spring back in your team’s step—and boost the productivity of your business.
Keep Sharing Your Vision
People want to have a goal to which they can aspire—and a shared vision of where your business is going can be a strong motivational force. By sharing your vision and reminding your team periodically about the important role they play in it, you can energize your workforce.
If you tend to micromanage, try stepping back and letting your employees’ creativity and morale soar. Unless you have new team members who really do need handholding, your employees will feel much more empowered if you simply let them do what you hired them to do.
Offer Ongoing Education
When it comes to energizing your team, providing periodic learning opportunities is key. Giving employees the chance to sharpen their skills will not only improve your business, but your willingness to invest resources in staff development will also elevate your employees’ enthusiasm for doing their best work.
Spread the Love
Encouragement is a powerful elixir for increasing employee engagement. Everyone wants to be recognized and appreciated for the work they do. Be sure to recognize people on your team, even informally, as often as possible.
Don’t let the post-holiday doldrums dampen the spirits or productivity of your team. Try implementing these tips to energize your employees—and your business.
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