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How to Keep Up Employee Morale at Year-End

How to Keep Up Employee Morale at Year-End

Author: Chris Alex /Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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End of Q4 in the world of Information Technology is an overwhelming time for multiple reasons - Holidays are approaching, employee travel is ramping up, and year-end projects are coming to a close. While this season can be exciting, it is undoubtedly stressful in the office, ultimately leading to low morale across teams. Here are 3 reasons why a decline of motivation sets in this time of year and how to overcome the year-end scaries, setting everyone up for success in the new year.

Employee Burnout
There is usually no shortage of year-end projects - Expectations to hit financial forecasts, impress outside clients and conquer final technology projects all before December 31. Although these are great business goals, they are not always achievable in such a short time frame. By trying to accomplish these and, likely other targets, employees begin to feel overworked and undervalued.

With technology booming, advanced updates and software are frequently introduced into the market, and companies are anxious to utilize the newest programs. With that hope comes additional pressure on IT teams to learn the ropes of this program and successfully utilize the software. While the team is adapting, due dates begin to arise much sooner, causing unwanted panic.

Quick Turnarounds
It isn’t uncommon for these year-end ventures to be large with quick turnarounds and much tighter deadlines than normal assignments. Unrealistic due dates lead to employees scrambling to get to the finish line - This commonly results in mediocre work and unfinished pieces. When a team feels like they are not capable to exceeding expectations, their work often decreases in quality and the product is unimpressible.

Lack of Creativity
By the time you reach the end of the year, project budgets have decreased, making it much harder to introduce creative and innovative ideas or software. If a team or employee feels their ideas are not possible or valued, it can easily advance to lack of participation and effort from that party.

While low morale may seem unavoidable, there are ways to try and maintain your employees’ motivation during this time, keeping the momentum up and teams engaged. When important IT projects are seen on the horizon and you don’t have the staff and support you need, think about using a company like SNI Technology which can provide the temporary/contractor staff you need to complete year-end projects. Additionally, anything to make your team feel appreciated will boost productivity and exponentially help all three points above: burnout, unrealistic deadlines, and lack of new ideas.

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Chris Alex
Chris Alex

Chris Alex

Chris comes with 10+ years of Specialized Staffing industry experience and he has placed 400+ Professionals in various markets.

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Chris comes with 10+ years of Specialized Staffing industry experience and he has placed 400+ Professionals in various markets. He is a multi "Reach for the Stars (both Chairman's Club and President's Club)" Winner and he prides himself in having a high level of ethics while providing his clients with the highest level of service possible.

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