New Year, New Career? – How to manage staff’s New Year blues

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‘New Year New Career’ is a term well used by employers and recruiters alike in job ads during the lead up to and aftermath of the Christmas and New Year period. And there is a simple reason for this – it works.
Many employees who have become disengaged in their roles and careers during the year find themselves taking stock of what really matters over Christmas and what they really want to achieve in the year ahead.
As they sit with family and friends and start discussing New Year’s resolutions and the achievements of the year just gone, it dawns on many people that they are unhappy in some aspect of their lives, and the quickest fix seems to be to get a new job! They return from Christmas and one of three things will generally happen:
  • They stay put, waiting for a ‘sign’, some motivation, inspiration or for something to change. These people generally remain disengaged from their responsibilities and just fly under the radar.
  • They promptly hand in their resignation on their first day back and commence job hunting.
  • They start searching for that great new role, giving little if any focus and commitment to their current workplace until they inevitably resign.
None of these are ideal situations for any business, but what can you do to avoid these and/or minimise the impact they have on the operations and profitability of the organisation?
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Look for the signs of staff who have begun to disengage from their roles or the organisation. These signs generally involve a shift in behaviour, some classics include: taking more than the usual amount of sick leave, leaving work right on time every day when they used to be the sort of person to work back whenever needed, not putting their hands up for those special projects they previously have been dead keen to be involved in, taking long lunches and in general being a different person in the office.
Don’t wait until after the New Year to start re-engaging these employees. By having regular reviews and appraisal systems in place, you will more easily be able to identify and manage these employees. Also coordinate more casual and off-the-record catch ups with staff to encourage open communication.
Keep employees engaged in the vision through regular team and company meetings – sharing with them goals and visions and allowing them the ability to provide ideas as to how to achieve those goals.
Reward staff who are doing a great job! It doesn’t have to be grand or expensive, nor does a big fuss have to be made – a small gesture goes a long way.
Know what motivates your people – when you understand this you have the best possible chance of keeping them engaged and committed.
If you have open and honest communication channels with your staff, and they feel they can come to you with honest feedback, you will be in the driver’s seat when these situations arise. If they come to you indicating they are seeking alternate work, and there is nothing more you can do to keep them should you want to; give them your blessings, help them to find something new and start the replacement process straight away.
The longer an unhappy employee stays with you, the more detriment it will have on your team and ultimately your business. Don’t try and delay the inevitable, nip it in the bud and move on.
[Source: by Kristy-Lee Johnston]
Teamrecruit is Australia’s most established recruitment agency specialising in truck, earthmoving and agricultural machinery dealerships in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Find out more about Teamrecruit and how we support employers and candidates in the dealership industry.

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