After the holidays are over, HR Managers should take the opportunity to hit the ground running and orient the company towards individual and team goals. This increases staff engagement and helps the employees plan for how to tackle the mountain of work in store for them.
Find out how to kick the year off to a good start and make the new workload seem more manageable in the following two ways:
1. Set up individual meetings
First things first, the manager will want to sit down with each employee individually and touch base on goals for the new year. This is a good way to motivate the employee to prioritise his or her own tasks that need to be done first.
Sit down with each employee individually and touch base on goals for the new year.
It's important that in this meeting, the manager makes a clear plan for how to achieve these goals. The Harvard Business School also suggests that the manager uses this one on one time to recommend helpful seminar or conferences for each employee.
2. Have a group meeting
Once individual goals have been established, the next step is creating a unified sense of purpose.
Harvard Business School writers pointed out that this is a fantastic way to make people feel not so alone in their stress and improve workplace relations. Have a group meeting where everyone can contribute to the discussion about how they think group goals can be achieved as a team in the new year. This is also a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page as to the purpose of not only the coming weeks but also the entire year.
However, Heather R. Huhman, a career expert who is the founder and president of Come Recommended stresses in an Entrepreneur article that the goals must be realistic. In fact, employees cite unrealistic goals as one of the main stressors at work, according to a Wrike survey.
This is a reminder that the purpose of the meeting is to have everyone agree on challenging yet attainable goals.
Set the tone for the new year
Don't lose the chance to start the year on a high note. It makes a difference if employees look to managers who are ready to kick into gear and have a plan for everyone on both an individual and a group level.
Contact Flexi Personnel today to find out about how our HR consultants can help your company when starting the new year.