Now that summer is officially over, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting sufficiently shorter. As we make one final push towards the end of the year, the last couple of months are notoriously known for decreased employee motivation.
Whether your employees have just returned from a final bit of summer sun somewhere far away, or are simply counting down the days until their next batch of time off over Christmas, either way you might have noticed a slight dip in their productivity. Don’t worry too much though, there are several things that you can do as management to keep everyone motivated during the final Q4.
Recognise great work
Whilst hard work is expected all year round, we should never underestimate the power of praise. In these final couple of months in particular showing appreciation will encourage your team to keep working hard up until the end of the year. Offering incentives is another way of helping the team to stay on track as well as maintaining a high energy.
Organise team activities
This could be something as simple as going out for a team lunch or going for drinks after work in order to sustain good communication levels. Taking some time out of work altogether as a group is important for productivity, and will give everyone a chance to de-stress.
Group work and team meetings
Working together is another opportunity for colleagues to build on their relationships with one another, as well as offering employees a chance to brainstorm and come up with new ideas through well structured meetings.
Set goals and targets
When people have goals to work towards they tend to be a lot more motivated as they have something specific that they need to achieve. A company wide target may help, but setting individual tasks will work even better and probably produce more results.
Create new challenges
Boredom is one of the main causes of lack of motivation. Mixing up routines could be just what your employees need to overcome those autumn/winter blues. However, be aware that not everyone in the office will welcome changes to their daily routine or role, pushing them to do something they don’t want to could push them further into a slump. So be sure to consult with them first!