While the summer break is a time to relax, celebrate, re-energise and spend quality time with friends and family, it also provides valuable time to reflect on your job and your career. Is it the right job for you, your skills and your ambition? Do you need to make some changes? Can you look for more responsibilities to help you get that promotion? Or are you unhappy, realising the best thing you can do is get yourself ready to look for another job?
With a strong economy and 27% of New Zealanders currently looking for jobs (according to the Randstad Workmonitor), employers need to very quickly understand who in their business are the loyal, high performers, and who are the flight risks. They then need to put in place the right strategies to retain, motivate, manage, develop and attract the best talent, setting themselves up for a strong start to the year.
As a starting point, it’s crucial that employees arrive back at work feeling welcomed, comfortable, and valued in the role they play, confident in the year ahead. So now most people are back at work, there is a window of one to two weeks to get your employees on-board, ready for 2015, and set yourselves up for success.
Grab people’s attention
In the first two weeks, it’s important to grab people’s attention and get them motivated. Make them feel valued by sharing the 2015 plan, and demonstrating where they can contribute to help achieve business and team goals. Ensure every employee feels like they can contribute – so make sure you include part-time and support staff in these discussions where possible, as they often provide valuable insights and a new point of view. Remember, everyone has a role to play in achieving business goals, so treat everyone as such.
It is important you start the year off how you intend to finish it - so be transparent, and maintain it. Schedule regular meetings to discuss developments and issues that arise, always be transparent and you’ll create a valuable support structure which is essential for business success.
Work hard but enjoy the sun
Some of us will take a bit longer to get back into the swing of things at work. So to help everyone ease back into it, while the weather is warm and the sun is shining, go out for lunch or a coffee break with the team. Catch up on the holiday break, what activities people have coming up and reconnect with each other as you head into a busy year.
Ask your ‘social committee’ to plan a few events which everyone can look forward to, as this creates a fun working environment. It’s important to note that according to the Randstad Workmonitor, Kiwis have become less satisfied with their employers, with a 5% drop in satisfaction in the last quarter of 2014 (72% vs 67%). Remember, a happy, lively, supportive and dynamic environment is a great way to maintain job satisfaction and prevent staff looking for greener pastures.
Have a plan
While the overall business plan is crucial for any business, individual plans for each employee that mirror this are just as important. Sit down with each employee and discuss their goals for the year. See where they would like to expand their knowledge and upskill them in these areas where possible. If they are after a promotion, put plans in place to make this happen with key performance indicators that they need to meet to get there. Don’t make it a once off meeting. Set aside time for a review and let them know the door is always open if they have any queries or need assistance.
Posted: Monday, 2 February 2015 - 12:44 PM