Holiday Stress – What Causes It, How to Reduce It

Holiday Stress – What Causes It, How to Reduce It

This month the holiday season cranks into high gear, and not everyone is feeling merry and bright. Many East Texans feel financial stress, loneliness, relationship issues and fatigue. Often it feels like work pressure seems to intensify.

If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Let’s look at some of the most common causes of holiday stress and find ways to release some of that pressure.

List Workplace Stress Causes

It’s easy to get so busy putting out fires you don’t stop and think what’s causing them or how they’re affecting you. Take a few minutes on your daily commute to make a mental list of what’s creating your feeling of stress. Are you facing deadlines on any of the following?

  • End-of-year reporting
  • Conducting or receiving performance evaluations
  • Participating in company holiday celebrations – choosing a Secret Santa gift, figuring out what to wear, arranging your food contribution etc.
  • Planning for and working Black Friday and other holiday sales
  • Training and managing seasonal staff
  • Working extra hours when others take off for holiday vacation or shopping
  • Handling your most demanding workload during holiday-shortened weeks

When you start making your list, you’re probably going to recognize you feel overwhelmed because you face a formidable mountain of demands. If you haven’t been bubbling over with holiday cheer, that’s okay. Give yourself a break.

You may also be facing personal challenges. The holidays highlight strained family relationships and intensify grief over lost loved ones. All the extra shopping, entertaining and travel can strain any individual’s budget. Sometimes it helps just to acknowledge what you’re dealing with.

Be There For Others

Being kind to others will help lighten your own mood. Be on the lookout for people who need an extra word of encouragement.

If your co-worker is going through a difficult divorce or you remember your employee lost a parent last year, be available if they need someone to talk to. When people go out of their way to make the season joyful for others, be generous with your gratitude.

How Managers Can Reduce Holiday Stress

If you’re in charge of your team, you are integral to the emotional climate in your workplace. You can help struggling staff cope with holiday stress in several ways.

Encourage healthy habits. Highlight employee fitness programs at the end of the year as much as you do at the beginning. If you’re planning food for corporate events or picking up breakfast for the group, provide healthy choices.

Accept “no.” Be understanding if employees choose not to participate in workplace holiday activities.

Include employees in decisions. Find out how they want to celebrate the holidays. Instead of a party, would they rather organize a toy drive or participate in a charity 5k?

Allow breaks when needed. Consider making one of your holiday gifts to staff a half day to do whatever they need to take care of themselves.

A little thoughtfulness and sensitivity goes a long way. It may be what eliminates just enough of the pressure to turn a stressful holiday into a merry one.

Sources:

http://www.clearrock.com/5-ways-managers-can-reduce-holiday-stress-in-the-workplace/

https://www.inc.com/marissa-levin/the-dark-side-of-holiday-season-how-leaders-can-help-employees-cope-with-holiday-stress.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

East Texas Volunteer Opportunities for Employee Groups

East Texas Volunteer Opportunities for Employee Groups

Want more engaged employees this holiday season? A 2017 Deloitte Volunteerism survey found company-sponsored volunteering boosts morale, contributes to a more pleasant work environment and improves brand perception. Volunteering is good for everyone, and the holidays are the perfect time to give back. These East Texas nonprofits have volunteer opportunities for your work team.

PATH Community Homes

Just from August through December of last year, Tyler’s People Attempting to Help (PATH) served 6,924 East Texas households with 18,584 members. They provided housing for 45 families and utilities for 435 families. They also helped with school supplies, prescription medication, eye exams, dental services and so much more.

Volunteers make that huge impact possible. In that same time period, 584 volunteers donated 21,729 hours of service to people in need. This holiday season, they need you.

Greg Grubb, PATH’s Executive Director says the organization needs help with the repair, upkeep and renovation of East Texas rental homes. Of the 52 homes PATH owns, 38 are more than 70 years old. “Each time a tenant family moves out, we make the repairs and upgrades needed to provide a safe, decent and affordable home for the next family,” he says. “It’s a perfect team-building opportunity that really helps a family of our neighbors!”

Don’t be intimidated if not everyone in your group is a skilled construction worker. PATH’s Facilities Manager customizes projects to the number of people in each group and the tasks they’re comfortable doing. Both inside and outside work is available.

Contact PATH by filling out the volunteer form on their website.

The East Texas Food Bank

It may seem like there’s food everywhere this time of year, but that’s not true for all East Texas families. The East Texas Food Bank website says one in five East Texas adults are hungry today. The organization’s mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in 26 East Texas counties. They accept food and money donations and use them for programs like these:

  • The BackPack Program – Needy school children receive a backpack full of food so they don’t go hungry over the weekend when they don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch.

 

  • Summer Food – Over the summer those children still need food. This program provides nutritious meals at community locations.

 

  • Senior Boxes – Qualifying seniors receive a monthly nutritious box so they don’t have to decide between heating their home and buying groceries.

All those programs require volunteers. When your group signs up to work at East Texas Food Bank, you might repackage bulk items into individual servings, load backpacks or help with office administrative duties. Their website provides contact information for volunteering as a group.

Habitat for Humanity

This organization helps needy families realize the dream of homeownership. They build new homes and sell them to qualifying families at cost with zero interest mortgages. One of the ways they raise money to do so is through Tyler’s ReStore.

ReStore accepts donations of furniture, appliances and home improvement products and sells them to the general public. Homeowners and businesses donate materials when they remodel and ReStore displays them at their retail location on Front Street.

Retail Director Danny Saenz says, “We like to stage our furniture so it looks like a furniture store, and we also have shelves of merchandise volunteers help display. Ladies do things like put matching end tables with couches to make it look good. For guys, we just need muscle. It helps to have extra bodies to lift doors and windows in our warehouse area.”

Whether your employees prefer to help with heavy lifting or they excel at decorating and design, ReStore has volunteer opportunities available. Find out more on the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County website.

Sources:
https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2407011.jsp https://www.easttexasfoodbank.org/join-the-fight/donate-time/ https://www.habitat.org/volunteer/group-opportunities
https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/about-deloitte/us-2017-deloitte-volunteerism-survey.pdf

Still No Job? 3 Tips for Keeping Your Chin Up

Still No Job 3 Tips for Keeping Your Chin Up

The longer a job search drags on, the harder it can get. Bills pile up. That voice of anxiety that was once just a whisper becomes a steady stream of chatter. While it’s tempting to curl up in a ball and have a pity party, that won’t solve the problem. Being proactive can help you stay positive.

Be A Professional Job Hunter

Uncertainty can be devastating to the mind and emotions. If you stay up late because you don’t have anywhere you have to be, you’ll sleep late and feel lethargic. If your job search is sporadic you could end up on an emotional roller coaster, swinging wildly between hope, disappointment and boredom.

Taking charge of your situation begins in the mind. Quit thinking of yourself as a person without a job. Instead, treat your daily job hunt like an actual job.

Plan your day and stick to that plan. Set an alarm and establish a routine. Get dressed in the clothes you would wear going to work. Then spend your time on tasks that will get you closer to your goal.

Research how to make your resume the best it can be. Learn how to write a cover letter that makes employers want to read your resume. Sign up for online training to improve or add skills. Until you find a job, be excellent at looking for one.

Volunteer

When you’re working full time you don’t have much free time on your hands. Use this chance to offer your skills to organizations or people who need them and can’t afford to pay for them or need volunteer help. Volunteering will help you stay positive, and it might help you find a job.

Volunteering connects you with people in your community. You sign up to make a difference and meet others who want to do the same. You’ll find yourself with stronger community ties and a larger social network, which is valuable.

Volunteering provides mental and physical benefits. Being out of work is stressful. A long, drawn-out job search creates feelings of anxiety and sometimes depression. Helping others improves your physical and psychological well-being. A Harvard Health article suggests volunteering could lower blood pressure and provide other health benefits.

Volunteering hones marketable skills. Many opportunities come with training that looks great on your resume. Volunteering will also help you keep current skills sharp while between jobs. Add community and volunteer work to your resume.

Find Help

When you’re looking for a job in the Tyler or Longview area, contact an East Texas staffing firm. At Brelsford Personnel we have decades of experience helping job seekers find the right fit and we have opportunities that aren’t posted anywhere else. We know the Tyler labor market, and for job seekers our services are free. See what jobs we currently have available or submit your resume today.

Should You Take a Temp Job When You Need a Career?

Should You Take a Temp Job When You Need a Career

Holiday hiring is starting, and some East Texans are wondering if they should take a short-term gig or hold out for something more permanent. Temp positions might last only a short time and sometimes can go longer. They also may be like an extended job interview that results in a career.

If you’re offered a short-term position should you take it? Everyone’s situation is different, so we encourage job-seekers to weigh the benefits against the risks.

A Temp Job Means Income

With a temp job, you don’t have the long-term security that comes with a permanent role. You may not be eligible for benefits or vacation time. However, you know for a set time frame what you can count on earning.

When deciding whether to accept a temp job or wait for another potential employer to call, temping pays the immediate bills.

Short-Term Can be a Good Thing

You’ve heard it said that people don’t quit their job, they quit the boss. Last year CBS News reported 51 percent of America’s workers feel disengaged because of their job responsibilities or their supervisor. Hopefully your temporary job will be a positive experience but if it isn’t, you’re not stuck.

You’ll Add Experience to Your Resume

When you have a long gap between jobs, it can look bad. A temporary position fills that gap. (Put it on your resume and indicate that it was temporary.) If you’re a college student or recent graduate, sometimes short-term employment gives you the experience you need to find something more permanent.

You Have the Opportunity to Shine

To have the best chance at making a temp job permanent, treat it like a long-term commitment. Learn as much as you can about the company and your responsibilities. Build relationships with co-workers. Show up early every day dressed for success.

One of the benefits of temping is the ability to gain experience and expose yourself to a variety of personality types and processes. Soak up as much information as you can. Whether your position leads to something more permanent or not, your new skills make you more valuable.

Be on the lookout for ways you can make an impact. If a supervisor asks you to take something on that isn’t one of your assigned tasks, show a willingness to contribute.

If you found your temporary position through Brelsford Personnel or another employment agency, we have a strong relationship with the East Texas company you’re working for. Let us know if you’re interested in a full-time position and if one is available, we can inquire on your behalf.

Autonomy – What It Really Is and How to Encourage It

Autonomy What It Really Is and How to Encourage ItAutonomy sounds great to employees and employers alike, but is it really achievable? Bosses think if they could just turn projects over and employees would do what’s needed that would be the next best thing to heaven. Workers feel like they could get so much more done if their boss would quit micromanaging.

Part of the problem is that both sides don’t always understand what autonomy really is. That makes it hard to achieve. Let’s start with defining the goal and then explore ways to reach it.

What Autonomy Is and Isn’t

Autonomy is the ability to make choices that help you perform at your best. Here are some of the areas where employees might have the freedom to choose:

  • Project types
  • Flexibility in timing and work location
  • Work pacing
  • Preferred client or industry focus

Autonomy isn’t employees doing whatever they want and making all the decisions. It doesn’t mean any of these things:

  • Employees can show up and leave whenever they want
  • Individuals can work in isolation without seeking approval or clarification from management
  • Employees have to figure out what to do without input from the boss
  • Every staff member has the same amount of freedom

A University of Birmingham study indicated people who had flexible schedules and work pacing had higher job satisfaction. Happy employees are more engaged, innovative and productive. An autonomous workplace is better for everyone.

4 Ways to Encourage Workplace Autonomy

People want to direct their own lives. It’s possible to create autonomy at your business without sacrificing leadership. Here’s how.

Hire for autonomy. Not everyone can handle the choices you want to offer. Look for people who have faced challenges and persevered. Ask interview questions that encourage them to explain how they deal with hardship or frustration. When you call their references, ask questions to explore how they act when no one is looking.

Make expectations crystal-clear. Some businesses have safety concerns, governmental regulations or compliance issues that are never up for discussion. Others would lose business if employees didn’t behave or dress in line with company values. Identify the non-negotiables and make them part of onboarding and regular training. In areas where you offer choices, set boundaries and hold employees accountable.

Allow employees to earn their choices. You don’t have to give everyone the same amount of freedom. You probably already know the person who always gets work done on time and the one who almost never makes a deadline. The first employee literally can’t stand to be late. The idea causes him or her physical pain. That employee would be successful with a flexible schedule. They’ve earned it with their consistent excellence.

Instill a feeling of ownership. Ask for employee feedback on company goals, projects and processes. Recognize staff individually and specifically for how their contribution caused improvement or profit.

Find Employees You Can Trust

At Brelsford Personnel we’re committed to excellence when it comes to employee screening and selection. During our interview process we find trustworthy candidates for your professional, administrative and temporary staffing needs. We perform background checks and in-depth reference checks and verify skills as part of our candidate assessment. Get in touch to find the employees who meet your business needs.

Why Brelsford Personnel Supports Coats for Kids

Why Brelsford Personnel Supports Coats for Kids

When you donate to PATH’s Coats for Kids program, you do so much more than help a child stay warm. You make a difference in their future.

Brelsford Personnel is proud to be a drop-off location for the Tyler coat drive because we know it’s not just about outerwear. We support PATH’s program to invest in tomorrow’s leaders and show we’re a community that cares.

Tyler’s Most Outstanding Citizen

This year, like every year since 1952, the Tyler Chamber of Commerce presented the W.C. Windsor Award to Tyler’s most outstanding citizen under the age of 40. This year’s recipient was Yaziri Orrostieta.

The 34-year-old University of North Texas graduate has a master’s in business administration in international marketing with a certification for doing business in Mexico and Latin America.

Yaziri is marketing director at Heritage Land Bank and when she’s not working, she’s making a difference.

She has served on the board of the Hispanic Business Alliance, chaired the entrepreneur committee of the Hispanic Professional Association of Tyler and was an advisory member of Tyler Police Department’s Hispanic Outreach program.

Why does this young professional feel so driven to give back? When Yaziri was a child, she came to Tyler from Mexico with her family. Her parents struggled, and sometimes they needed help to provide for their children’s needs. Yaziri says PATH and Coats for Kids played a part in both her professional success and her heart for the East Texas community.

“It wouldn’t have happened if this weren’t a giving community,” she said when she received her award. “I’ve always said the reason I give back is there was some day, some leader, one day that chose to give, and my family was a beneficiary of that giving heart.”

Coats for Kids and Tyler Business

PATH Executive Director Greg Grubb says Yaziri’s story isn’t the only one. “My staff gave me a report about a young man who managed a large restaurant in town whose mother died in Mexico,” Greg said. “His father brought him to be raised by family here. His family worked hard and they paid their taxes, but he needed a coat. He didn’t have one coming from Mexico. He says the PATH coat drive is where he got one those first few years.”

Greg tells of another business owner who contacted PATH wanting to know how he could help. Volunteers explained how he could offer his business as a coat drop-off location or sign up to help with coat distribution. Then the businessman revealed why he was so driven to participate. He said when his family came to town, the only way he got a coat was through Coats for Kids.

“Coats for Kids is about more than just keeping somebody warm, which is important,” Greg finished. “It’s the act of kindness that’s the really touching part of this.”

How You Can Help

East Texans can participate in the Coats for Kids drive in a variety of ways.

  • Provide coats — Drop off a new or gently used coat at drop-off locations like Brelsford Personnel. You can also click the “Donate” button on PATH’s page and they’ll buy coats for you.

 

  • Help prepare for coat distribution – PATH starts setting up for the November 17 coat distribution several days ahead. Every year they hand out more than 1,000 coats, and that takes work. You can volunteer to help with moving, sorting, lifting and setup.

 

  • Volunteer November 17 – At North Tyler Development Academy PATH sets up 10 stations, each manned by volunteers. They call families one at a time and talk to them about sizes and color preferences. Then they go to the coat storage area and choose the best ideas for that family, usually bringing back armloads of coats. It’s a meaningful, uplifting experience to help so many families in need.

The best coats to give are the heavy, insulated type. During months the weather is only cool and damp, kids can get by with layers. What they need for bitterly cold days is an actual winter coat.

The coat you donate could go to the next Yaziri, the next Tyler business owner or young professional. They’ll be leaders tomorrow, but today they need you. Your contribution can make a deep impact. Bring donations to Brelsford Personnel at 3600 Old Bullard Road Suite 301, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

 

Should You Change Careers? Ask Yourself These Hard Questions

Should You Change Careers? Ask Yourself These Hard Questions

All jobs have difficult days, but if you feel like work is sucking the joy out of every other part of your life, it may be time for a change. For some people it’s hard to know when to tough it out and when to head for the nearest exit. If you’re not sure which way to go, look inward to evaluate what’s best for you.

How do I feel about doing this for five more years?

Really picture your future. Can you see a way things might get better if you stick it out? If so, maybe you don’t want to abandon your current time investment. However, if the thought of sitting in that same chair day in and day out for five more years makes you feel panic, maybe it’s time to go.

What exactly is making me so unhappy?

If you’re not using your skills or doing something you’re passionate about, a career change might mean a better fit. If you hate your job because your boss has grumpy days and your co-workers are selfish, you’ll probably run into the same problems wherever you go.

Is fear what’s keeping me here?

Are there days you still enjoy what you do or is the only reason you show up that you don’t know what you would do otherwise? Do you stay in your current role because you’re afraid of ridicule or criticism if you decided to change? Do you long to do something else, but you’re afraid it wouldn’t work out?

Can I afford to quit?

In a perfect world everyone could follow their heart and achieve their dreams, but in this reality we all have to buy groceries and pay bills. Do you have the money to take time off or change careers? If you think you might, actually sit down with your budget and make sure it works as well on paper as it does in your head.

If you can’t afford to make a change, plan to save. Cut spending, do without or work overtime now so one day you won’t be stuck in a job you hate.

Is a career in my target field attainable?

Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to be a ninja, an astronaut or a billionaire? Some goals are harder to reach. If you don’t have the skills, education or background for the job you really want, be honest with yourself. What’s an entry-level position that might get you where you want to be? If you need more education, how can you fit that in?

Are there opportunities for growth here?

Maybe you can’t see yourself staying at the same desk, but your current employer might have opportunities that are more aligned with your goals, interests and values. They already know what you bring to the table, so they might be willing to train you for another department or position. Talk to someone you trust to find out your options. When you know something better is in the future you’re not just marking time, you’re getting closer to a better tomorrow.

Does Brelsford Personnel have my dream job already posted?

That one’s not actually a hard question. The job you’re looking for might already be available. Click here to browse our online postings.

Sources:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140806165720-15454-the-right-and-wrong-reasons-for-changing-jobs
https://www.careerbuilder.com/advice/5-tough-questions-to-ask-before-a-career-change
https://www.careerattraction.com/should-you-stay-or-should-you-go-how-to-decide-if-its-time-to-switch-jobs/

Re-entering the East Texas Workforce When Kids Start School

Re-entering the East Texas Workforce When Kids Start School

It’s bittersweet when suddenly the youngest starts kindergarten and a parent who took time off to raise toddlers chooses to re-enter the workforce. It’s meaningful to have those precious years and it’s also exciting to start a new phase of life. If you recently walked your youngest into an East Texas classroom and let go of those sweet little fingers and now you’re looking for a job, here’s how to get started.

Update Your Resume

Get out your resume and review our resume writing tips. Even if you’ve been immersed in raising your children for years, you probably have some things to add. Be sure you include unpaid work and volunteer experience gained during that time.

If you organized a fundraiser or served on a committee, it lets employers know helping others is a priority for you and that you’re not just motivated by a paycheck. If you tutored, mentored or taught classes, it counts.

Think about including the head of that nonprofit as one of your references. If you worked from home, include that experience in your resume refresh. Successful direct sales or a home-based business show your initiative.

Add Degrees and Certifications

You might have taken off before you finished college, then worked through the rest of your credits while you raised your children. Or you might have added certifications or degrees since then. Those skills make you more qualified and might change your starting salary.

Write a Fresh Cover Letter

Once your resume showcases all your skills and qualifications, make sure hiring managers read it with a solid cover letter. We explain how in our article “3 Must-Haves For the Ultimate Cover Letter.

Reevaluate Social Networking

During the past few years, social media has probably been all about family. Potential employers often scroll through candidates social media feeds to learn more about them. Look at your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds to make sure there’s nothing there that doesn’t show you at your best.

Family vacation photos and videos that show your children’s accomplishments are completely acceptable for your personal feed. If you have shots of your cousin behaving badly at the family reunion, you might want to remove those for now.

A LinkedIn profile is helpful for networking. Post an online resume that’s easy to update. Create content that shows what you know. Read news and tips from your connections to stay up-to-date on industry trends and make a positive first impression when potential employers look you up.

Submit your Resume to Brelsford Personnel

When you’ve been off for a while, looking for work again feels like starting from scratch. It can be overwhelming, but we may be a good resource for you. Check out the jobs on our website and review the kinds of jobs we focus on. If you feel you have experience in any of these areas, submit your resume to employ@brelsfordpersonnel.com . We will review your information and if your skills, experience and education match we will contact you immediately! We have been doing this a long time, and we specialize in matching qualified candidates with some of the best employers in East Texas.

Sources:
https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/all-moms-work-confidence-interview
https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-find-a-job-after-being-a-stay-at-home-mom-2062222
http://community.today.com/parentingteam/post/going-back-to-work-after-staying-home-with-your-kids

How to Get Your Employees to Show Up Every Day This Fall

How to Get Your Employees to Show Up Every Day This Fall

Cold and flu season is coming. Employees have probably already started asking off for holiday travel. Sometime in the next few months, you’re probably going to notice you have more staff calling in than usual. You want them to stay home when they’re sick, but you also need them to keep absenteeism to a minimum. There are things you can do to reduce the number of call-ins.

Formalize Your Attendance Policy

Spell out exactly what you expect. Answer the following questions:

  • At what time are employees tardy?
  • What types of absences will you approve? How should employees document them?
  • What is the procedure for requesting an absence?
  • How many absences do you consider excessive?
  • What disciplinary action will you take if they exceed that number?
  • What happens if someone is a “no show”? Are there emergency situations in which you’ll excuse an unscheduled absence or no call?

Put your attendance policy in the handbook, make it a part of new hire orientation and explain it in your next staff meeting.

Promote Wellness

Sometimes well-meaning employees show up when they’re just coming down with a cold or the flu. You disinfect the bathrooms, but what about other surfaces with which employees come into contact? Make antibacterial wipes available and encourage their use on keyboards, desktops and landlines.

Step back and look for places germs can hide. That candy basket on the breakroom table has been sitting there for months. Employees eat lunch then reach for a piece after touching their faces. The microwave handle, refrigerator door, coffee pot handle and vending machine buttons all need regular disinfection.

Reward Attendance

Think through the most common reasons your employees miss work and use that to incentivize attendance instead. If you know last year employees called in to get their Thanksgiving shopping done without the crowds, reward perfect attendance the rest of the month with a few hours of flex time to be used as needed. Enter employees who stayed healthy all winter in a raffle to win a massage or gym membership on January 1.

Keep Good Records

When someone calls in, document who it was and why. That might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many managers rely on their memory. It seems like Suzy’s chair was often empty, but they’re not sure exactly how many days she actually called in sick, how many she was just late and for which ones she claimed a last minute family emergency.

Documentation helps you spot trends. If you see Suzy calls in every Friday and Monday, you know the problem probably isn’t persistent infection. You’ll also notice those employees who never miss a day and deserve recognition.

Often having a formal plan and a reward system clarifies expectations and encourages attendance. Create yours now for employees that show up every day this fall.

Sources:
https://www.naturalhr.com/blog/reducing-workplace-absenteeism-five-simple-tactics
https://www.masterclassmanagement.com/ManagementCourse-DealingWithAttendance.html

Simple Ways You Can Improve Employee Motivation Today

Simple Ways You Can Improve Employee Motivation Today

If you manage East Texas employees, there’s a tough season ahead. This time of year parents struggle to get into a fresh back-to-school routine. Almost everyone starts thinking toward the holidays. Distractions and fatigue make motivation start to wane.

You’ve seen your team at their best, and you want to minimize disengagement. Try these simple strategies to reignite a spark that’s beginning to flicker.

Launch a Monthly Recognition Plan

A paycheck is a good motivation for showing up, but what you want is for employees to give their very best. To do so every day takes a tremendous amount of energy and dedication.

The ones who give the most do it from the heart. They often feel an emotional connection to their work. They get personal satisfaction from a job well done and feel like they are a part of your company’s mission. Acknowledge them to point out those traits to others.

Make it a public recognition to affirm to those employees they’re doing the right thing, that they’re the best of the best. Point out specifics so other staff members know what you’re looking for. Recognize them on social media so their family and friends know they’re great at what they do.

Survey employees to find out what type of recognition means the most to them. Would your employee of the month most value a certificate they can hang on their wall, a designated parking space, extra flexible minutes or other awards?

Write Thank You Notes

Go to a Tyler or Longview office supply store and get a box of blank notes with envelopes. Use them to create hand-written thank you notes. Sure, it’s the digital age and email is easier, but that’s what will make your statement of appreciation into a keepsake for the recipients. They don’t have to be long or complex.

There probably are already a few people you need to thank. Sit down and give yourself a head start as soon as you have your stationery.

Notes can be as simple as “Dear April, I don’t know if you realize how much you bring to our business. The way you smile and greet everyone who walks through the door makes this a warm and inviting place. Thank you so much for always being incredibly positive.”

Chunk Big Projects

No, we don’t mean chunk them out the window. One solution could be the Agile Method. It was developed in the software design industry, but it is effective for almost all teams responsible for completing large or complex projects.

The way it works: Instead of giving groups the whole elephant to eat at once, break assignments down into smaller portions and complete them in timed sections called “sprints.” Plan a small amount of the work to be done and set a time limit during which everyone works as hard as possible. Then take a break, reevaluate and move on to the next phase.

You may find teams accomplish more in a shorter time frame than they would plodding along at a steady pace with no definite deadline. It is also motivating to frequently point out how much ground the teams have covered.

Micro-Manage Less

Give your teams autonomy while they’re working toward each goal. People want to feel they’re in charge of their work, their time and their accomplishments. If you’re constantly telling them how to do what you hired them for, it’s an energy sucker. A true sense of ownership is motivating.

Sometimes hiring managers say they would turn over tasks to their employees, but they don’t have people they can trust to take charge. At Brelsford Personnel we screen candidates to find those who don’t just have the skills, they’re passionate about what they do. Get in touch, we’ll help you find the staff that meets your needs and budget.

Sources:
https://www.naturalhr.com/blog/its-not-all-about-bonuses-how-to-motivate-employees-for-free
https://hiring.workopolis.com/article/5-ways-inspire-motivate-employees/
https://www.snacknation.com/blog/how-to-motivate-employees/