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Jo Geraghty

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A smiling return to work

Date added: 05th Jan 2015
Category: Employee Engagement

Smiles, laughter and enthusiasm or sullen faces and gloom; if your team is less than enthusiastic about the return to work this week then perhaps it is time for a cultural refresh.

The long Christmas and New Year break is drawing to a close and for many Monday 5th January marks the return to ‘business as usual’.  Even for those who have worked through the festive period, the end of the year celebrations tend to mark a change to the norm; with Christmas time being characterised by differing consuming habits, changing shift patterns and regular contacts away on leave.

But as the daily round starts to normalise, the way in which employees approach the return to work can say a lot about the organisational culture and about the emphasis which is placed on employee engagement.  Whilst some will eagerly embrace the return to work, relishing the chance to engage once again with colleagues in a shared drive to provide a game-changing level of service and product others will find their steps dragging as they contemplate a joyless trudge through process and diktat.

Of course employee enjoyment doesn’t automatically equate with employee engagement but unless employees are fully immersed in the beliefs and behaviours, values and strategies of a business they are less likely to view the return to work with complete enthusiasm.  Smiles, laughter and enthusiasm or sullen faces and gloom; if your team is less than enthusiastic about the return to work this week then perhaps it is time for a cultural refresh.

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