5 ways to increase motivation in the workplace in January

The festive period is over, the Quality Street tins are empty and the whole office is on a detox. January can be a tough time to keep your team motivated. Here are a couple of ideas to get the New Year off with a bang!

Sheryl Thompson: BrightHR Head of Brand

Start to get excited about the year ahead

For Managers January can be an exciting time as you start to implement plans for the year ahead, or start your planning for the new financial year. Get your team involved in the planning process and share with them (where you can) the highlights of the up-and-coming year. Let them know what ambitions the company has, and how they can get involved in achieving them. Set up an ideas box and ask them to contribute ideas for the business for 2016.

Review the key wins of 2015

Whilst it’s important to keep your team focused on the future, it is worthwhile learning from the achievements your team made in 2015. Book in time with your team to go through your past successes; this is good for team bonding, morale and a great way to take the positives of last year through to the New Year.

New Year business resolutions

Ask your team what they wish to achieve in 2016 and make a list of resolutions that you can all work towards. This might be as simple as collaborating closer with Bob in Accounts, or streamlining a complex process. The idea is that you’re looking for better ways to work together in the New Year, and more closely as a team on goal setting.

Create a healthier office

Swap the biscuit tin for a fruit bowl, challenge your staff to take the stairs instead of the lift and consider setting up a works netball or football team. January is a great time to embrace change and start something new. Find out what people are interested in and try to find an activity that gets everyone motivated.

January can be just as much fun as December

Robertson Cooper, leading experts in employee engagement, have established an indisputable link between psychological wellbeing and overall workforce productivity so considering how to inject more fun into your office will make a difference to your bottom line as well. Some quick wins could include: a healthy bake off competition; a pool table, or a charity fundraising day.

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