If you’ve noticed that the atmosphere in your office is a bit sluggish and think that everyone could benefit from a pick-me-up, below are four great ways to motivate your employees in January.

January is a difficult month for everyone. Christmas is a distant memory, it’s freezing cold outside and we’re all struggling to get back into the swing of things after having some time off. If you’ve noticed that the atmosphere in your office is a bit sluggish and think that everyone could benefit from a pick-me-up, below are four great ways to motivate your employees in January.

Allow flexible working

A lot of people take time off over Christmas and as we all know, it’s very difficult to get motivated again after a holiday. A great way to slowly ease everyone back into things is to allow flexible working. With studies showing this increases happiness and minimises burnout, this is actually something you should think about implementing all year round.

Allowing people to choose their hours (within reason and so they still fit in with your operating hours of course), not only makes staff happier, it also benefits you. If someone is always late because of traffic for example, allowing them to start and finish an hour later means that they won’t be late anymore and they won’t be as stressed out either when they do get in.

Motivate staff

The energy and atmosphere in an office can have a huge impact on staff so it’s important to do everything you can to generate enthusiasm. You can offer incentives, run competitions or even better, give employees something to look forward to. A fun team building or social event can work wonders by lightening the mood and helping everyone to feel enthusiastic again.

Recognition

Think about how good it makes you feel when you get an unexpected compliment or praise. For most of us it puts a spring in our step and can even put us in a good mood for the whole day. Apply this logic to your team and it’s certain that you will see instant rewards.

If someone has done a great job, recognise them for it or if the whole team has been working hard, reward them with a lunch or an early finish on a Friday. Recognition is a highly effective way of driving performance, engagement and productivity.

Focus on employee wellbeing

One of the reasons why we feel so lethargic in January is because we tend to overdo it with the food and booze over the festive season. We probably didn’t make an effort to exercise either and with later bedtimes and waking up times, our usual sleeping patterns go out the window too. When you combine all of these factors, it’s not surprising that January feels like such a struggle.

The good news is that you can help your employees get back on track with this. Instead of the usual cakes in the office, try adding some fruit and healthier snack options. Also try to encourage people to exercise by looking into corporate gym memberships, starting a company sports team or signing up to a group race.  


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