The Dog Days of Summer

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on July 31, 2019

The mercury is rising and about to burst the thermometer, the kids are out of school for the summer, and the neighborhood pool is singing a siren song – to those who should be hard at work.

None of this does much for productivity around the municipal office. So, what is a good municipal boss to do? How can you help to counter the effects of summertime – and what’s the best way keep your staff motivated?

Here are 5 tips on how to keep your staff on track (and on task) – at least during work hours.

Celebrate Success:   This can be as simple as using a little positive reinforcement, – a pat on the back, say or  the time honoured thank-you card, a quick “how are ya doing?” could do wonders and a phone call or an email right after you “catch” one of your staff performing well might be just what the doctor ordered. If what you have seen is a “bigger deal”, you could always treat that individual or even the entire team to an impromptu get-together – a pizza lunch, drinks at a local pub.

Set Challenging Goals:   Goals are a great way to keep your staff and team members on track. By setting the bar high, but within reach, everyone will be striving to achieve their set goals. Make sure to clearly communicate your plans and goals for your department or the whole municipality and do it in writing – that way staff can easily refer to the important things if they need to.

Keep Them in the Loop:   When staff feel that they are playing an active role in the development and progress of their municipality, they are less likely to “get their backs up” when you hand out  assignments. As well, communication about the “big picture” helps staff understand better how what they are doing contributes to the whole.  Plus, you never know what insights and ideas they may come up with – ideas that could make a real difference in your municipal office. A short-but-sweet weekly or monthly meeting to keep everyone on the same page could work wonders.

Create an Enjoyable Atmosphere:   Its amazing just how hard someone can work when they truly feel welcome and part of the place. An atmosphere at work that is full of acceptance, friendship and harmony, will ensure your staff will feel more motivated about the work they will be doing that day. Positivity is key – it is an attractive quality. Because positivity is so infectious, it naturally becomes a quality that other people want in their lives. Municipal leaders who can keep a positive attitude no matter what’s going on, become an inspiration for everyone else. Remember, your staff takes cues from you, so be sure the right attitude starts at the top.

Give Them the Tools for Success … including the right co-workers:   If your staff doesn’t have the right tools, tools that they need to do the job, chances are they’ll become frustrated and productivity will drop. Let’s face it – no one likes a printer that jams frequently, or a computer that shuts down on a whim.

Another, often overlooked, strategy for success is having a staff that works well with each other … this is what is truly at the heart of your municipality’s “corporate culture”.

Perhaps the next time your municipality is looking for new staff – you should take a long hard look at your “corporate culture”.  Make sure your new hire is a ‘FIT’ for your organization. Recruiting a highly qualified person who just doesn’t fit with the rest of your staff could prove disastrous in many ways. One of the value-added skills we bring to every recruiting assignment is the tools you’ll need to identify ‘FIT’.

At Ravenhill, we help our clients hire for “FIT” … AND THAT’S ONE THING WE DO REALLY WELL!

Bruce Malcolm

About the Author ()

Bruce's background includes 30+ years of human resource management experience covering all aspects of HR administration with a clear specialty in team building and recruiting. He created and developed the concept of “Ethical Head-Hunting™”. Bruce began his recruiting career in 1971 with Prudential Assurance.

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