The month of December can be hectic. Most of us get lost between the holiday parties, shopping, family events, and the chaos that usually comes with this very busy season. That said, you may miss the opportunity to do something really powerful with your team.
At Betr, we want you to finish the year strong. Whether you have a team of 4 or 400, we believe these two things can carve the path for a successful new year:
1. YEAR-END REVIEW
At Betr, we value the importance of reflection. Reflection gives you and your team the opportunity to pause (amongst all the chaos) to observe and process what’s happened over the last year. The act of reflection helps to put everything in perspective; it creates space for you and your team to learn from your experiences and empowers you to effectively strategize for the year ahead.
Exercise: Set aside some time to sit down with your team and ask each other these three powerful questions:
· What do we want to celebrate?
· What can we improve upon?
· What are our intentions for 2020?
“We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience” – John Dewey
Gratitude, appreciation, thankfulness, acknowledgement, whatever word resonates the most with you, do it!
Take a minute to recognize your colleagues, your boss, and/or your direct reports for their efforts this past year. According to a study conducted by Willis Towers Watson, managers that recognize employee performance increase employee engagement by almost 60%.
Here are some examples of acknowledgements you can share:
I know you’re new to the team, but we really appreciate how quickly you’ve adapted to your new role.
Thank you for always having the company’s best interest at heart.
This year was really busy, and I want to thank you for how hard you worked.
You stepped outside your comfort zone this past year and I am really proud of you.
You’re great at this, you’ve really got a gift!
Thank you for my bonus, it really means a lot to me.
At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel valued and recognized for their efforts. Acknowledging your team at the end of the year not only leaves them feeling appreciated, but enthusiastic and excited for the new year.
Wishing you a joyful and prosperous 2020!
Inquiry: How can I finish the year strong?
What is an inquiry?
Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning. Often posed at the end of the coaching session, it is meant to give clients time for continued reflection and exploration. Simply, it is a question to ponder.