How to Get Employees Refreshed + Excited for the New Year

Posted: December 30, 2016

The new year is just around the corner, and you’re likely starting to see a bit of a slump in your employees’ performances. It’s fairly typical for this time of year given the busy holiday season. Your employees are tired from holiday parties, family commitments and working hard to reach those end-of-the-year goals. But with less than a few weeks left before the new year, there are several ways you can recharge the energy within your organization and instill a new sense of excitement into your employees.

Avoid end of the year burnout in your organization and help your employees get excited and refreshed for the new year with these 5 tips!

Ask for feedback on the year

The Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement survey is one of the best ways to get a quick snapshot of how your employees are responding to the workplace environment and your management skills. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know from where the issue stems. Before setting any plan into place, get feedback from your employees on what worked for them this year and what they would like to see changed in the coming one.

Help Employees Take Time Off

The holiday season is stressful for your employees, especially those with families or who need to travel. Encourage your employees to take time off at the end of the year. Business generally is slower and there’s no need to add extra stress to their lives by creating unnecessary projects. As long as the core work is being done, help your employees maintain a healthy work/life balance during the holiday season. If they are able to take time off to be with their families and recharge, they will be much more likely to come back in the new year refreshed and ready to work.

Have a Goal-Setting Workshop

It’s important for your employees to take part in setting goals, not just for the organization, but for their personal lives as well. Ease back into work after the holidays with a goal-setting workshop that can double as a New Year team building exercise. Have your employees participate in setting goals for their department(s) or the entire organization. If they feel that they are participating in creating goals, they are far more likely to invest their efforts in achieving them. Help your employees also set personal goals for themselves in the workplace. An employee who is striving to learn and grow is a happy, thriving member of a team.

Create Themes

Utilize your company’s quarterly system to implement new and creative motivational themes. What do you want to work on this year? Sales? Customer service? Positivity? Decide what you would like your company as a whole to work on, and create a fun theme around it. Remind employees of this throughout the year to keep it fresh and fun.

Implement New Motivational Systems

Most New Year’s resolutions fizzle out by February due to lack of accountability. Take the New Year this year as an opportunity for your employees to better themselves by offering incentive programs for learning and development. Set up a company library and offer your employees a gift card to Starbucks every time they read one of the allotted books. Is your employee interested in learning a new skill to increase his or her performance? Offer a reward for any approved educational program or completed certificate. Keep the incentives going all year long and you’ll be amazed at the progress your employees make.

The new year will be here before you know it, and your employees will appreciate a new and exciting approach as to how your organization learns and thrives. If you’re curious in learning more about 2017 trends that are coming up, be sure to join us on January 24 for our latest webinar, “New Year, New Trends in Instructional Design”.

About the Author