Keeping workers motivated over Christmas
Excerpt from latest article by Inside Retailing that relates well to safety issues faced by all organizations:
Retailworld Resourcing released their top five tips for improving motivation and morale over the December month, when workplace morale often diminishes.
CEO of Retailworld Resourcing, John Caldwell says: “Workers tend to become less motivated over the Christmas period due to managing extra workloads as a consequence of other staff being on leave.
“Someone has to draw the ‘short straw’ in relation to manning the ship while others are able to take leave which can result in employees being at work when they would rather be someplace else with their friends and family. It’s also the fact that it’s the end of a difficult year for many, and a lot of people are overdue for a break. If they can’t take one, this will affect their morale and productivity.”
It is suggested that employers use non-cash motivators to increase drive and productivity in the upcoming Christmas/New Year period.
“Non-cash motivators that have been shown through a range of different research to be most effective include: praise from immediate managers, leadership attention (for example, one-on-one conversations) and the chance to lead projects or task forces.”
“Research by McKinsey shows that these top-rated non-cash motivators are no less – or at times even more – effective motivators than the three highest-rated financial incentives: cash bonuses, increased base pay, and stock or stock options” READ THE FULL ARTICLE