THE IMPORTANCE OF A HIGH ENERGY WORKFORCE IN THE FIRST QUARTER
The first quarter (Q1) of each year in business is significant and important, as it can set the pace and tone for the year ahead. Q1 can provide the foundation from which to base the rest of the year by creating short-term objectives that will feed into the overall strategy and vision for your business.
In order to achieve a successful Q1 your organisation’s workforce needs to be energised, engaged and productive.
WHY WE STRUGGLE WITH OUR ENERGY IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
Q1 coincides with the time of year when many people have depleted energy after the festive period from a high sugar diet, too much alcohol, lack of quality sleep, over use of technology and excess shopping.
Low mood and energy can follow when the excitement and socialising of the festive period is over, financial constraints as a consequence of December kick in, as well as the cold weather and long, dark days.
Here are some of the key ways to energise your workforce this January and February:
POSITIVITY AND CLARITY FROM LEADERS AND MANAGERS
As we know the most important thing to kickstart the year is for leaders and managers to create the clarity for the objectives for Q1 and the year ahead. When this is clearly communicated to teams and individuals, the real work can begin.
The energy that leaders and managers bring to the organisation’s environment is just as important as what they contribute. Positive energy is motivating and fuels a positive team culture improving engagement and performance.
SUPPORTING YOUR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE KEY HABIT CHANGES
In our work with organisations, our key focus is coaching employees to make the key habit changes that can transform their mental and physical health and energy. Here are some of the many habit change topics we cover when energising employees in our workshops and webinars:
Energy management, mind management, mental health, mindfulness, meditation, resilience, managing pressure, positive psychology, optimum nutrition, exercise, sleep, managing technology use, ergonomics, back care, smart working strategies, minimalism, goal setting, work life balance, understanding consciousness, thriving in times of change.
CREATING A TEAM WHERE INDIVIDUALS PLAY TO THEIR STRENGTHS
The definition of an individual’s ‘strength’ is something that energises you, which you can do effortlessly and to a consistently high level. Having a team where everyone is working to his or her strengths drives both engagement and performance.
Addressing the structure and roles within a team so as many people are playing to their strengths as possible is such a powerful exercise and one that reaps big rewards in performance.
ENCOURAGE GREATER TEAM COLLABORATION
Collaboration should be a key focus and strength for any team. Setting concise and measurable team goals helps to keep individuals focused and motivated to collaborate for both the short-term objectives in Q1 and for the year ahead.
Regular, relevant team meetings and using this time to foster a creative atmosphere allows team members to question and brainstorm in a non-judgemental framework.
So what changes can your organisation make to create high-energy teams in Q1 for a successful 2017?
Dr Elisabeth Philipps