Maintaining motivation

Maintaining motivation

As the end of the year approaches, it can be challenging to maintain motivation in the workplace, and how draining it can be for all workers coming into the holiday season.  As a company how to do you keep people motivated to hitting goals when the holiday season is fast approaching. It’s not uncommon for people to start thinking about the holidays and look towards winding down, but for some teams, work needs to increase before well-earned rest is reached.

However, there are several strategies that can help keep employees motivated and engaged during this time:

Create excitement for the opportunities coming up next year

    It’s always fun to talk about what roles or initiatives are coming up in the New Year for staff to look forward to.  People tend to feel more included and respected when they know what’s coming up. They can lean into change

    Engage with employees: End of Year is a good time for reflection 

    There’s no doubt they’ve achieved a lot this year, so it pays to take some time to reconnect with one another and recharge. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t. It’s always powerful to take learnings and apply them to new year strategies. 

    Recognise and celebrate achievements

    Take the time to gather everyone together and publicly acknowledge the great work that has been done throughout the year. Senior leaders can praise employees for their contributions and accomplishments.

    Set clear goals and objectives

    Adjust end-of-year objectives to ensure they are attainable and relevant. Clearly communicate these goals to employees and provide them with the necessary resources and support to achieve them.

    Foster a positive work environment

    Create an atmosphere of trust and consistency within the workplace. Encourage open communication, collaboration, and teamwork. Maintain social contact by organising team-building activities or holiday celebrations.

    Provide feedback and recognition

    Regularly provide feedback to employees, highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement. Recognise and reward their efforts and achievements, whether through verbal praise, bonuses, or year-end gifting.

    Support professional development

    Offer opportunities for growth and development, such as training programs or mentoring initiatives. Empower employees to take ownership of their career progression and provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

    Remember, maintaining motivation is an ongoing process, and it requires consistent effort from both leaders and employees. By implementing these strategies, you can help create a positive and motivating work environment, even as the year comes to a close.


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