It's that time of year when team morale begins to drop. The colder months tend to lean toward less social interaction and more 'bunking down'. This in turn leads to a general lack of motivation amongst employees. What better time to launch a rocket ship so to speak and organise some exciting boosters for your team?
Recognise special personal events - Acknowledge birthdays and the length of time spent with the company. Organise a coffee shout or buy a cake and get the whole team together to recognise the occasion.
Communicate - Encourage conversation and idea sharing amongst team members. Remember that most of our time is spent at work and it's a good way to learn more about each other.
Acknowledge and reward hard work - Order in pizza for lunch, have Friday after work drinks or simply send around a congratulatory email. As long as you ensure the right people are rewarded and your staff feel valued.
Encourage regular breaks - Remind employees to stop work for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Suggest popping outside for fresh air or coffee. It actually improves productivity.
Smile and have fun - Organise team events away from the office, whether it be a team building exercise or a group lunch. Work can be stressful at times and can lead to burnout. It's important to add an element of light heartedness, as long as it's done in good taste. Employees will prosper from positive energy.