Helping colleagues spend 2018 well

The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to introduce a brand new, fresh approach to motivate and retain your best talent. With many of your colleagues making their New Year’s resolutions, why not make your resolution to support them and help them spend 2018 well.

Set Targets

Often colleagues will need a few days to get back into the swing of work; one of the best ways to help them to focus away from the ‘January blues’ is to give them a purpose and something to work towards. Setting targets, deadlines and enticing them with rewards will help to re-energise your workforce.

Encourage Enthusiasm

The energy and atmosphere generated in the workplace can affect staff both positively and negatively. We spend a huge amount of time in the workplace – more than a third of our lives in fact – so by making the experience as enjoyable as possible, your teams will benefit as a result.

Give your colleagues something to look forward to such as a teambuilding or social event. Even a team lunch can be fun and help colleagues reconnect in addition to increased satisfaction and productivity.

Create a Healthy Environment

Creating a great place to work where colleagues want to be part of shows that you value your employees. Embrace your company values and use them in your everyday work life, such as rewarding colleagues for displaying your company values.

Coming back from the Christmas break, many colleagues’ resolutions for the New Year may be to be healthier. Introducing fruit within the workplace is a great way to help feed their minds and help them feel a little less ‘sluggish’. Even the smallest things, shows your consideration.

Recognise and Reward Colleague Achievements

Another way to increase satisfaction and productivity in the workplace is by celebrating colleagues’ achievements and milestone events. 67% of colleagues are happier and more productive when managers focus on positive aspects of their performance, so recognising and rewarding these feats, big or small, is vital in ensuring your staff feel valued and helps them enrich their lives.

Utilising a successful reward scheme that motivates and recognises valuable employees doesn’t need to be complex or expensive.

Rewarding your employees with an M&S Gift Card or E-Gift Card is the perfect way of saying thank you, giving them the freedom to buy something they’ll love. Compared to the rest of the year, in January colleagues have just enjoyed Christmas and would appreciate a little treat for themselves even more.

Our corporate gifts are the most recognisable incentives that have been widely used across many organisations across the UK and Ireland to reward high performers and achievements.

Speak to one of our dedicated team today to see how M&S can help boost your colleagues’ motivation throughout 2018.