Offices are currently filled with despair and inertia as people start to return from their holidays, feeling sluggish, trying to hang on to that vacation feeling by resisting any work. How do managers get their employees to re-engage with the office? And should they try to raise their spirits?
The consultant: Stephen Brooks
Most of us are motivated when we feel that the work we do matters and it matters that we do it. Returning from holiday often leaves us questioning whether either of these is true.
A back-to-work inbox is filled with activities of doubtful value. This only reminds us of how much of our working life is spent unproductively. We see that the organisation has survived pretty well without us, raising the “do I matter?” question. Managers can counter this by delegating particularly important and challenging tasks to people as soon as they return to work. Let them leave the mundane stuff until later and work on something that matters.
The writer is a specialist in people management and organisational change at PA Consulting
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