We’re near the end of February, and it’s about this time where the drive and motivation of the new year start to wear off. If you’ve been sticking to your business intentions, but you’re noticing that your employees are starting to lose motivation, it’s your job to ensure that it doesn’t happen. While we can’t force feed your employees to feel good about their job or motivated to be the best they can be, there are lots of ways that you can boost the energy of your workplace.

The team at Visual Retail Plus is here to provide you with some quick and easy ways that you can ensure your employees don’t lose their drive too early on in the new year.

Acknowledge Good Work

Whether you’re looking to motivate employees or not, acknowledgment of good work is a must. This is a great way to let employees know that they are valued and that you recognize the hard work that they’re doing. Positive feedback is one of the best ways to ensure that your employees feel good about the work that they’re doing and the place that they’re working at.

If this is already a significant part of your business and something that you’re passionate about incorporating into your business, consider adding incentives. It doesn’t have to be some big gift that you’re offering to your employees, but something as small as a percentage off a particular item, a weekend off of work, or something else that you know they would find valuable — getting them excited about receiving a reward is a great way to ensure that they’re motivated to be the top performer.

Flexible Schedules

Working in the retail and service industry is something that we believe everyone should do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that scheduling is always ideal. The busiest days land on the weekends, while some service industry jobs go late into the night. Knowing this, it’s good to find a work/life balance for your employees, even if they’re not aware that you’re doing so.

By offering a flexible schedule to your employees, you can ensure that they’re happy to come to work because they’re getting plenty of time outside of work hours to do the things that they love. Whether that means working on the schedule a few weeks in advance or implementing a shift coverage policy, finding a way to provide your employees with the flexibility that they need to remain motivated and happy is well worth it.

Schedule Team Events

When you love the people that you work with, going to work isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. By creating friendships and meaningful relationships with and among your employees, you are guaranteed to have a team of individuals that loves coming to work. The tough part about this is creating boundaries of what is appropriate for the workplace, and what is not. Aside from that, you also want to ensure that, while your employees are close, they are still focusing on work when they’re at work.

The best way to create a balance of work and play is by hosting team events outside of the workplace. This makes it fun for your employees to spend time together outside of the workplace, but also lets them know that there’s a time for fun and there’s a time for focus. If you have yet to host any team events, try to do so this year! Whether it’s a celebration of an anniversary, a way to unwind after a big sales period in the business, or it’s a get together for a holiday, this time is incredibly valuable for your employees and your business, and can help keep them going strong.

Make Work Easier

As silly as it may sound, making their job easier could reduce the chances of burnout in the workplace. Essentially, work smarter, not harder. There are all sorts of technological advances that have been designed to enhance the workplace, why wouldn’t you take advantage of them?

If you’re currently using outdated technology to run your business, you can bet that your employees are complaining about it. Whether it’s to your face or behind your back, they’ve surely made a comment about how much easier their lives would be if they had up-to-date technology to use.

While this may be an investment for you to make as a business owner, it’s not a decision that you’ll regret making. Updating the technology of your business is something that will only benefit you, and in more ways than keeping your employees motivated. Whether it’s the software with which you manage your inventory or the POS system that your employees are using on a day to day basis, making their job easier by updating technology or systems that you have in place can drastically increase motivation and energy levels.

Reach out to Visual Retail Plus

If you’re looking to liven up the energy at your business, reach out to Visual Retail Plus. While we can’t ensure that your employees feel valued, we can provide you with the very best point of sale software for retail stores and small businesses. Our software has made it easy for you to manage inventory, conduct sales, collect information, and so much more. While it may not be the only gesture that you should make as a business owner, improving your technology is surely one of the things that you can do to keep your employees going.

Reach out to our team if you’re interested in learning more about the software that we’ve created and how it can help with your business.