So the initial excitement of getting your staff recruited and on-board has passed. The honey moon period is over and you have to get on with the nitty-gritty business of day-to-day work.
Same old same old
Let’s face it, some jobs are repetitive, and can become boring. But although the task itself might be boring, your staff are not. You know what I’m going to say (it’s a recurring theme!), make time to connect, even for a few minutes a day with those doing the most repetitive work. What can you say that will have a positive impact on them? What can you offer to break monotony?
There is some level of order and process to work, and mostly we believe that when things are highly systemised, they are more efficient. But highly processed work leaves little to the imagination, it stifles our creativity and can dampen the spirit.
So what can you, in your role as manager, do to keep your staff up-beat and motivated in the daily grind?
Shake, shake, shake it up
Can you usefully swop who works with who on a task or project? Even changing the order in which things are done can inject a new lease of life into old routines.
Taking those breaks
It can seems extravagant to take a coffee break never mind a lunch break when we are in full flow at work. Ever told yourself ‘l’ll just finish this bit, then I’ll take a break’ and an hour later you’re saying the same thing? We’re smart, we can fool ourselves into thinking we’re being super-efficient if we complete a task. Efficiency is to do with how quickly we can complete things and if we’re not well-rested we don’t complete them as quickly as we could. Remember, the human brain can only keep going for so long. You cannot reasonably expect to work for hours on a task and not expect productivity and focus to drop.
Over to you
I’ve given just a couple of examples of what you could do to inject a step change into monotony. But I’ll warn you it’s much easier to do nothing. Only you can decide what kind of manager you want to be.
How have you motivated your staff in their daily grind? I’d love to know in the box below.