by Sellick Partnership | 28 July 2015
It's that time of the year when people have just returned from their summer holidays and the 'refreshed' feeling can soon turn into holiday blues, resulting in a lack of motivation. So this got me thinking about how I motivate myself and how Sellick Partnership help me to do this. After working for other businesses, what makes working at Sellick Partnership enjoyable, rather than a chore, is the small things instead of the grand gestures. These include;
1. Recognising special events in the lives of employees - giving us a lie in on our birthdays, receiving birthday presents from the team, celebrating engagements, marriages etc. By taking the time to recognise these crucial life events makes us feel special and shows us that we're not just 'employees'.
2. Keeping conversation going - by encouraging us to share ideas and not just to conform to the 'norm' by holding frequent meetings like the 'staff forum' we're able to voice what we like or want to improve about the business.
3. Recognise and reward your employees for doing good work - people want to be valued therefore telling us we're doing a good job verbally or as we do, giving someone a Sellick Star goes a long way.
4. Make the workplace comfortable - we've just created a 'chill out room' in the office which allows us to get away from our desks and take a break from the ringing phones. This is another idea from the 'Staff Forum', encouraging us to take breaks/lunches away from our desk!
5. Smile more - and have a laugh which we definitely do! Plus create a happy working environment, putting positive people in the middle of desks to boost moral
6. Build a culture of trust - allow people to make their own decisions instead of micro-managing, keeping agreements with colleagues and managing expectations and communicating
effectively; sharing information with colleagues and giving honest feedback to each other in jobs meetings allow us to really create a foundation built on trust and understanding.
7. Have fun! - we hold a 'Team Building' event every year and it is usually very eventful with lots of fun, lots of laughs and a fair bit of alcohol.
I honestly believe a mix of these things help to keep employees motivated and make work somewhere they want to be rather than where they have to be.
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Whilst celebrating appropriately (and of course sensibly), we discussed the prospects of the England team for the rest of the 5 match series following our surprisingly easy win. The conclusion was the Aussies will be back and the phrase 'form is temporary but class is permanent' was used at least twice! One week on at Lord's, England get demolished and suddenly it's 1-1 in the series and let's be honest those classy Aussies will realistically win the series with maybe 3-1 (with one of the tests falling to the weather?).Alistair Cook, the England captain said after the first victory that we are 'still not favourites' and certainly kept his feet humbly on the ground - wise move.
This works two ways in my view, especially in the sales or recruitment field. If you look at the longer game, there will inevitably be peaks and troughs and good people will always come through and battle through leaner or relatively unsuccessful times.
(like those Aussie batsmen). Those successful times will return if you continue to do those basics, maintain your positive attitude, keep sharing ideas, be a team player and don't look at your own situation and go into your shell.
I find that the best salespeople, who find themselves in tougher times, stick to these principles naturally and they are the ones who don't brag/ publicise successes and achievements when they are 'riding the wave'. People like this realise that form (whether good or bad) is temporary and so they are consistent in their approach and remain humble.
England thankfully didn't brag after that first test, the Aussies didn't get too down and said the right things, taking a longer view on things and keeping their feet firmly on the ground.