People aren’t machines, yet you wouldn’t think this was true the way bosses push their employees. Employees are the cornerstone of a successful business, which is one reason a manager relies on his/her team so much. And, when groups are energized, then there is nothing they can’t achieve.
When they are low on energy, it’s time for the leader to step up and realize there is a problem. It’s not hard to spot because employees who feel good radiate and exude confidence. At the moment, there is a sufficient lack of swagger around the office.
Here are a few tips to help get your staff and the company out of a funk.
Give Them A Break
Tired people need to sleep, and your workers are no different. They have been on edge for weeks and their bodies are burning out quite quickly. To refresh and recharge, they need time to chill out and relax and not think about the office for a while. Getwindfall.com recommends a non-threatening space because a couple of days off are out of the question - the firm still needs to run smoothly. However, you can finish early or on time. You may even let them arrive one hour later in the morning so that they can sleep in and blow off the cobwebs.
Even after a short break, the atmosphere can get in the way. When the mentality of the office is to work as hard as possible and push the limits, people can slip back into the same habits. It’s as if the break in the monotony is pointless, which is why you need to encourage fun. Let colleagues collaborate and speak openly without fear of reprisal. Also, be the one to show your softer side. Crack jokes; ask about last night’s antics; start a paper war during the lunch break. Work-wise, you want to make tasks enjoyable. Mix and match tasks and add a sense of novelty. Anyone fancy raising money for charity today?
Let It Hang Loose
Clothes are important because a person’s appearance reflects on the brand. Most industries, and even companies, have a uniform--a standard dress code that is considered acceptable. They are a necessary part of establishing a culture and ensuring that everyone presents the ideology of the firm (or industry) well. The issue with uniforms is that can be tight and restricting. Allowing employees days where they can wear more comfortable apparel provides a lot more freedom in the office, plus it helps to change the atmosphere too. There is nothing like a casual Friday to inspire a laid-back vibe. Most bosses let their employees choose their attire (within reason), but you can have a say do whatever. Hey, it works for nurses. They've found ways to express themselves even in what can seem a restrictive uniform. Check out UniformsAndScrubs.com for inspiration. Only do it on days when there are no meetings and clients aren’t coming into the office. Like a Friday, when ironically, it has become "uniform" to have a day where everyone is allowed to dress down.
Lead By Example
Fatigued workers will pity themselves. It’s a natural part of life. What you need to do is give them a reason to get out of a funk. It may be their family, or it may be their career; regardless, you have the power. Leading by example – engaging with people, including families – makes you likable and a person they want to follow. As a result, they’re more likely to fight in the trenches when things get tough.
Isn’t there a boss you would follow into battle in the past? If not, then become one by letting your team see you as someone they can trust to look out for their well-being.
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