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  • Keep Your Team Motivated and Productive During the Holidays

    12/22/18 3:30 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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    Take a look around your office. Are your employees:

    • Making a final push to hit year-end targets…or spending too much time shopping online at Target?
    • Planning for a great 2019…or just planning their family gatherings?
    • Working industriously…or as distracted as Buddy the Elf?

    It’s the holidays. House guests, unfinished shopping, parties and pending vacations can derail your employees’ focus and productivity – during whatmay be your busiest time of the year.

    As a manager, it’s your responsibility to help keep your team motivated and productive this holiday season. Use these tips to make it truly “the most wonderful time of the year” in your organization – without being a scrooge:

    Get Organized

    If the holidays aretypically your busy season, organize vacation and time-off requests ahead oftime – to ensure you can honor requests and still get your work done.

    Set a Good Example

    Part of being agood manager is leading by example – even during the holidays! If you’retempted to come in late or do a little gift shopping at work, remember thatemployees take their cues from you. Make sure you follow the good advice yougive them:

    • Stay focused on hitting your goals and keep your productivity bar set high.
    • Take good care of your physical and mental health.
    • Balance work priorities with fun and family time.
    • Take a little extra time to express thanks to everyone who contributes to your team’s success.

    Beat Stress Before it Beats Down Your Team

    If things get crazy in your company at year’s end, proactively foster apositive, fun work environment to nip performance issues in the bud:

    • Deck the halls with some festive décor.
    • Motivate with vibrant music.
    • Have an ugly holiday sweater contest.
    • Create a work tradition of exchanging small gifts or hosting a cookie swap.
    • Take 5-minute “fun” breaks to re-focus and recharge employees – especially when work is stressful.

    Savor Slow Days

    If you experience a slow-down at to work, use it to your motivational advantage. Allow staff to knock off a little early to do last-minute shopping or spend a little extra time with family. Giving a little time off when it’s slow makes employees more likely to work harder – and stay a little longer – when things do get busy.

    Ask What Kind of Carrot to Dangle

    Not entirely sure what will really motivate your team this season? Stopsecond-guessing yourself. Just ask them! And then implement what you can. Your employees will appreciate the gesture and wantto perform their best for you.

    Looking to keep y our work teams working at their peak this holiday season?

    Provide the support they need! Your staffers work hard all year long. Encourage them to take their unused vacation time, and contact Exact Staff to provide temporary support and ensure adequate coverage.

    With a full complement of staffing and placement services, the Exact Family of Companies can help your team stay focused, happy and productive – and prime your organization for an amazingly successful New Year.

Getting Ahead in 2015 | Motivating Your Workforce to Crush Deadlines

01/26/15 8:29 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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“This customer is going to be really upset if we miss this deadline.”

“You’re going to have to pick up the pace.”

“C’mon, you can do it…”

When your company is up against it, do your attempts to motivate really energize your team – or do you just sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher?

Endlessly repeating “motivational messages” isn’t the best way to get peak performance from your employees. In fact, they’ll just wind up tuning you out.

So what does work?

Today, Exact Staff shares four tips for motivating your workforce to crush deadlines – without nagging:

Break it Down

If a huge project or order seems overwhelming to your team, cut it down to size for them. Help employees focus (and keep from feeling overwhelmed) by breaking that big goal into several smaller ones. Track progress visually on a spreadsheet or white board, so everyone can see progress toward the goal for themselves.

Dangle a Carrot

Determine, as a group, how you’ll celebrate hitting that big deadline. It could be an early completion incentive, a lunch party or anything else that drives your team (and works with your budget). Offering a reward for a job well done is a much more positive – and effective – motivator than nagging or “cracking a whip.”

Recognize Immediately and Frequently

Don’t wait until the job is complete to praise employees. Each time an individual or group hits one of your intermediate goals, celebrate it. Something as simple as a public announcement, or a pat on the back with a sincere “thank you,” can be enough to keep people working hard for you.

Support Optimal Productivity

Resist the temptation to push employees to their limits in order to meet your deadline. A better way to keep them motivated is by supporting sustained, high productivity levels. Do whatever you can to help team members pace themselves, eat/drink properly, minimize distractions and take frequent breaks.

Another great way to motivate your team?

Provide extra support when your employees need it most. When deadlines are tight and the stakes are high, Exact Staff can quickly deliver talented professionals to help you get your work done. Bring in our temporary employees to increase your capacity or perform non-core activities. We’ll keep your team focused and productive so you can crush those deadlines.

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