As the new year gets into full swing, most of us start focusing on ways to improve ourselves.
As a manager, you’ll also be focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your employees and your organization as a whole.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can make this year your company’s most productive year yet.
Realign Your Team
After the holidays, it can be tough to get back into the swing of things. While your employees might try to wade back into the depths of their responsibilities, you can’t afford to waste too much time. At the same time, however, you don’t want to overwhelm your team, either.
Start the new year by reviewing where you all left off before the break. Discuss what has been going well, and where there is room for improvement. Once everyone is back on the same page, start looking forward.
Provide motivation and incentives for reaching the goals you’ve set for the new year. How you do this depends on your policies and resources – but do what you can to break your employees out of the post-holiday slump so they can hit the ground running.
While you’re assessing your productivity from the past year, start tweaking your processes to help your team better reach its goals.
Analyze each step of your day-to-day processes, and try to figure out where you can save time, money or other resources. If you can save a minute here, or a dollar there, you could end up saving countless hours and thousands of dollars over the course of the next year.
Not only that, but by streamlining your processes and decreasing the amount of “hang-ups” your team faces, your employees will be more apt to dive in and get to work.
Provide Professional Development Opportunities
Avoid starting off the new year as “just another day at the office” by providing opportunities for your employees to gain new skills and improve their worth.
When implementing professional development classes and workshops, mix it up a bit. Schedule some organization-wide workshops throughout the year, but also allow individual employees to schedule their own opportunities, as well.
On one hand, you’ll ensure all of your employees get the training they need to move forward as a group. On the other, you’ll give each individual worker a chance to focus on professional growth on their own terms.
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