In business, it is normal to experience the ups and downs. Sometimes, they can be intense and unbearable and sometimes they are just like minor turbulence you often experience during a flight. Business can be unpredictable too sometimes. However, it is almost inevitable to experience slow period when business seems to run slower than usual and the revenue is not that great, added with cold weather during winter. All these factors can make your team’s spirit dropped down. You need to find a way to make their spirit up.
Motivating your team effectively
When your team experience slow period, their spirit seems to be down. They may seem less motivated and their productivity keeps dropping as well. Winter can be the coldest months in business because your team’s spirit is just as cold with how holiday is over and they have to get back to their job. Here are several ways in which you can help keeping your team’s spirit up.
Keep your spirit up
Be the ray of sunshine yourself to spread positiveness and good energy. You cannot force your gloomy team to smile or feel energized. Thus, you can do it yourself. Do something before work that can make you feel happier so your mood will improve. Your good mood will stay when you arrive at work and it will be contagious to the others.
Putting in place plans for the future
The plan can include goals you want to achieve in the team or in your business in general. You can create vision boards and ask your team to sit together and brainstorming. You can share ideas and visions so that you will feel more energetic just to think of the future. You can also set a goal for a holiday in the future to excite your team.
Spice things up
Do something spontaneous and surprising to excite your team’s spirit. For example, you can bring lunch on Friday without them knowing before. Or, you can make simple gesture like bringing everyone their favorite coffee during break. Those kinds of surprise elements might seem insignificant but they are really meaningful especially during slower and colder periods. These gestures will warm tour team’s hearts.
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Notice the seasonal depression
There is also thing called seasonal depression in which people get stress or depressed during particular month. It often happens during winter. Lower temperatures and all can make their moods even lower. You can try planning something fun to do together at work during lunch break. Do something that can help alleviate everyone’s mood. You can play simple games without making them too physical. The point is to have fun.
Brainstorms goals together
Encourage your team to think about their own goals for the year. You can just ask them during a lunch break about their goals and their focus on new year. You can ask more about what kind of plan or approaches they would like to use to achieve those goals. You can also talk about the team and discuss things to improve through light-hearted conversation.