Meeting year-end goals: 5 ways to guide your team to the finish line
By Tebogo Baloyi, Head of Human Resources, Bryte Insurance
In the fast-paced world of business, as the year draws to a close, organisations worldwide are facing a universal challenge: how to maintain productivity and employee engagement amidst the distractions of the festive season and the year-end rush. This is a time when stress levels peak, and a sense of fatigue can weigh heavily on teams. However, it is important for businesses to end the year on a positive note and lay the foundation for a successful new year. In this article, I will provide insights on how to maintain productivity within your organisation while also ensuring the mental wellbeing of your employees. These are the things I prioritise at Bryte Insurance to help guide the team to the year’s end.
Clear communication and goal setting
In the spirit of the age-old adage, “communication is key'', maintaining productivity, especially during the year-end period, hinges on clear communication and goal setting. It's essential to set realistic expectations for employees regarding their year-end responsibilities and deadlines. Creating a detailed roadmap for the coming weeks, highlighting key tasks, projects, and priorities allows employees to have a clear understanding of what lies on the road ahead. Knowing what to anticipate, empowers teams to plan and strategise effectively.
Open communication within teams and providing a platform for employees to discuss concerns, challenges, or roadblocks they encounter, is invaluable. When employees know what is expected of them, and have the opportunity to voice their concerns, it fosters a more focused and productive work environment.
Prioritising employee well-being and work-life balance
Gone are the days where maintaining productivity meant pushing employees to the limit. In today’s people-centred organisations, we know that prioritising employees well-being and a healthy work-life balance, goes a long way in providing a supporting environment that allows workers to thrive. As HR professionals, we must prioritise the physical and mental health of our workforce. At Bryte, one of our values is to work hard, but never at the expense of your family. We centre this principle in how we approach and define work-life balance for our employees.
Promote flexible work arrangements, allowing employees to manage their personal and professional commitments. This fosters trust and ultimately leads to increased productivity as employees can balance their responsibilities more effectively.
Year-end is a time to reflect, to identify and eliminate bottlenecks or obstacles that hinder productivity. Evaluating your organisation's processes and identifying areas that can be streamlined can be transformative for teams. This could involve implementing new technology or simply revising existing workflows to make them more efficient.
By addressing these pain points, you enable your team to work more effectively and free up time for higher-priority tasks. Additionally, this demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation within your organisation.
Sustaining productivity levels is an ongoing process that starts at the very beginning of the year. Hitting those year-end goals takes more than a last-ditch attempt at boosting productivity. It takes months of planning, executing and adjusting as circumstances change. Regularly reviewing progress toward year-end goals will help your team progress at a steady and sustainable pace. If certain projects are falling behind, allocate additional resources or shift priorities to ensure a successful close to the year.
Feedback from employees is invaluable to make improvements. At Bryte, we gather feedback from employees at various stages during the year and incorporate elements of this into our strategy review.
With every challenge comes opportunity
Maintaining productivity in your organisation during the year-end period is not just a challenge; it's an opportunity to demonstrate effective leadership, foster employee engagement, and lay the groundwork for a successful new year. Clear communication, employee wellbeing, recognition, and professional development are key elements in this endeavour. By following these guidelines and consistently monitoring progress, you can ensure that your organisation finishes the year strong and is well prepared for a productive and prosperous year ahead.
Tebogo Baloyi, a results-driven HR professional with a passion for talent and leadership development. He holds a BCom in Economics and Human Resource Management from the University of Witwatersrand, and boasts eight years of expertise leading learning and development teams across diverse industries. Tebogo has garnered recognition at Bryte for his innovative talent enablement strategies and mentorship initiatives.