10 Oct 2018

2018 is well underway, and everyone is back at work, sauntering through the dark days of the New Year. As we sink into the January blues, many companies experience a decline in employee motivation and an increase in employee turnover. So, what are you going to do to prevent it? Here are 5 ways to help your employees beat the January blues:

Be open and share the bigger picture
Hierarchical divides and office politics can exclude and isolate your employees. Regardless of whether things are going great or if you have to ration the coffee in the office kitchen, let your staff in on the bigger picture. However, you should ensure that you don’t gloss over the bad and only focus on the good, because it would seem unbelievable. Hiding information from your employees does not protect them, in fact, it could lead them to come up with their own dramatic conclusion.

Scheduling a company-wide update session with a Q&A in mid-January is not only a great way to fill your employees in on the important news, it is always a way to reconnect with your employees after the festive season.

Listen to your employees and get their perspective on things
When it comes to nurturing a successful, professional relationship, one of the most important things that you can do is listen. Allow your employees to give you feedback or make suggestions with regards to your organisation. This would, in turn, boost the morale of your staff and give you a clearer view of what is happening in your organisation.

Mauricia Truter

Be flexible and trusting
Trust builds loyalty, and instead of hovering over your employees, you need to place your faith in them and trust that they will perform as expected. It is also a great idea and one that underlines faith and trust in employees, to offer flexible working hours, as this leads to greater productivity levels and improved employee retention. For example: If an employee arrives at work late, allow them to make up the hours by either working overtime, from home or on the weekends.

Don’t rely on gimmicks
While quirky benefits and playful additions to the workplace are nice, they don’t address the underlying issues that your organisation might have. Instead, spend less time on office toys, and more time getting to know and understand your employees.

Say thank you
We often forget to say “thank you” when an employee or colleague does something good, and the habit of ungrateful behaviour in the workplace can be passed down from CEO to managers and then to staff members. Saying thank you is a good start, however, there are many ways to make employees feel more valued. For example, share customer or client feedback or offer monthly awards for performance or thank your employees with a WOW scratchcard after they have gone above and beyond their regular duties.

For help to boost your employee morale, contact WOW Enterprise Performance Solutions today!