Coach's Corner: Four Ways to Get Employees Motivated After Vacation
When employees come back to their desks after summer vacation, it will take time for them to get back up to speed and pick up where they left off. But employers and managers can take steps to help speed up that process. Here are a few ways:
1. Communicate clearly.
Help employees beat work overload after their vacation by improving communication. Email inboxes will likely be overloaded already; don’t fill them any more than they already are and communicate face to face, by phone, or through an internal communication network like a team chat. Use the communication method that will best deliver the message. As well, when employees return to work, make sure they have all the information they need to get back to full speed. Update them on any project or deadline changes, input from clients they may have missed over the break or other important information that may have gotten lost in their inboxes.
2. Set new goals.
Employees need long-term goals to stay motivated, but long-term goals aren’t a priority after vacation. Employees need manageable project and overall goals to stay engaged. When they return to work after their holidays, reevaluate project goals to ensure that they are realistic and that everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected.
3. Facilitate teamwork.
When employees return to work, they typically face an increased workload, and breakdowns in teamwork will keep employees working longer than necessary. To get through post-vacation overload, employees need to understand their responsibilities and work together to complete them. After the break, review roles and assignments with your team to remind those employees who is responsible for what, and to keep each member accountable for his or her work.
4. Eliminate procrastination.
Once back at work after a summer break, employees are often slow moving. They’re chatting with coworkers about their family vacation, catching up on social media posts and going through pictures. They’re procrastinating. Allow employees to take productive breaks and socialize with their coworkers. Focus on making the most from their time by breaking down tasks and setting priorities and deadlines for each one. Instead of letting them dread that huge mound of work created by time away, ensure that they have a manageable list of tasks.