Motivating Your Staff Post SOE

It’s back to work for a lot of businesses on the Avalon that have been shut down for more than a week. In saying that some employees will have a difficult time getting back into the routine, so here a few tips that can help with the transition.

1. Plan a team meeting

Plan a meeting for Monday morning, start by allowing employees to share their storm war stories. Once that is done review tasks, deadlines and weekly goals so you can set a plan. Create focus by getting everyone together.

2. Prioritize task

You may be coming back to a large to do list. Set your priorities and avoid becoming overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once.

3. Give employees time

Managers need to give employees time to adjust. Don’t expect everyone to be at full capacity, so do what you can to help them get back into the motions. Offer more breaks or opportunities to recover because everyone needs time to get back into the swing of things.

4. Create positivity

Leaders need to create a positive workplace during the first week back. Provide guidance and support so employees can surpass anxiety or negativity. Some employees are coming back to work exhausted, emotional and even checked out. Be intuitive and sensitive to this transition because it isn’t an easy one. Improve your communication and provide extra support.

5. Welcome back event

Plan a welcome back breakfast, lunch or coffee break. Provide welcome back cards or individual messages to your employees. Make the day a positive one so employees can get excited to be back to work.

Some workplace will be a little slower to get going while others will be playing catch up and have double the workload. Whatever the case may be your employees will have mixed feelings and emotions about coming back. Its up to you to set the stage and provide support so everyone can get back to success.