The aim is to finish the year off on a high note and provide the opportunity for your staff to celebrate successes and reflect on improvement areas. It’s also a chance to re-cap on the company’s performance and give staff an update about how they’re contributing to the bigger picture. It’s also a great way to ensure your team heads off on their Christmas break feeling good about their job and their company. The festive season is where people reflect on their lives and vow to make changes in the New Year. Ensure your team don’t think they need a change in job!
Here are some different de-brief style sessions. Pick the one that’s right for your business.
If your business has distinctive teams that that have their own goals and challenges, have each of your team managers hold their own de-brief to take on board feedback from their team about how they can achieve more in the next year. Following this, bring managers together to share the outcomes of their own team or department meeting.
2. All staff meeting
An all staff meeting is a great way to say thanks to the whole business and give an update about how the company is performing. You may want to give an analysis of how the business has performed against its KPIs and talk about key initiatives and projects that have been undertaken. It’s an opportunity to engage your team and get them excited about the coming year, but also a way for them to share any concerns with you directly.
3. Online staff survey
Many businesses arrange a short online survey as a way for staff to anonymously provide feedback. It’s doesn’t have to be complex, a simple survey can be designed on SurveyMonkey for free for up to 10 questions. This option is really a one way option for the team to provide feedback, but it provides them with a way to voice any frustrations prior to the end of the year.
We think it’s hugely important to make the time to connect with your staff before you break-up for the year. Don’t let your staff leave your business disillusioned and disengaged. Chances are they’ll be in the market for a new job in the January-March peak recruitment season.
Lock in a date and a time to bring your staff together and tell them how much you genuinely value their work and contribution they’ve made this year. Go on, there’s only a few more working weeks left, put this one on the priority list.
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