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How to include employees in the work after the New Year holidays: 9 receptions

Maria Turcan, co-founder of the “I’m the Head” online school for beginner leaders, shares nine tips on how to get employees on track after a long weekend
The first working day after a long New Year’s holiday. When one employee returned from vacation – nothing yet. When everyone thinks about work around, busy with work, focused on the main thing, to adapt to one thing is a simple matter. But when after almost two weeks of vacation each person in the unit feels relaxed (and someone is very tired of feasts), it is not so easy to return team productivity.

As once calculated on the HH website, only 13% of employees recover their productivity on the first day without any problems. The rest needs almost a week to start working productively. The task of each leader now is to return the resource mode to the entire team as soon as possible. How to do it?

Ideally, you need to think about this in advance. Take a diary right now, put in a plan for what you will do at the very beginning. Below are 9 points to help you.

1. Return to reality. Right in the morning, remind employees what you finished last year with – what projects are at what stages, what remained unfinished, what was successfully completed. In general, show where you are right now.

2. Outline short-term goals. Showing goals for a year on the first working day may not be the best idea – far from all have already “regained consciousness”. You can talk about them in a couple of days, if you have not done so before the New Year. And now it’s better to set goals for a short period – for example, this week. When the goal is visible, it is much easier to go to it. Setting goals, show exactly what results you expect from each employee. And do not forget about motivation – what is this work for. The goal should be really necessary and important: for example, to process orders and customer requests received during the holidays, analyze the work of suppliers and the like.

3. Set really many tasks. But keep a balance – on the one hand, there should be a lot of tasks to start doing now, and not “sometime later.” On the other hand, the list should be feasible in a short time.

4. Control. Carefully and accurately, but strictly and fairly. And most importantly – in a timely manner. Employees must understand that the work year has already begun. And that means the result of their daily work should already be. At the end of the first week (even if there are only three days in it), be sure to bring everyone together to take stock and set goals for the next. This procedure will keep focus for the first few difficult working days. Operational management is what the manager needs to focus on in the first working week.

5. Give employees time. In the pursuit of productivity, try not to create unbearable conditions for your people on the first working day. You need to get them collected, concentration, and not scare. Therefore, be careful. Excess stress can be effective in the short term, but we are talking about the beginning of a whole working year!

6. Be punctual. This is always important for the leader, and now – especially. If the leader is assembled and set to work, this sets the tone for the whole team.

7. Start early. Although it may be difficult for you, try to get to work early, ideally – before your employees. When the boss is already there and working, it motivates the rest to do the same, rather than relaxively review successful photographs from the New Year holidays.

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