Year-End Wrap-Up Tasks

Believe it or not, there are just 4 weeks left in this year.  It’s always beneficial to start off the New Year fresh.  So, it’s important to wrap up all those loose ends entering into the new year.  And with the holidays approaching, and all the stress it can bring, don’t put off all these tasks.  Try and do them throughout the month, so you can free less stressed during the holidays. Here are some wrap-up suggestions to finish by Dec. 31st:
  • Start by making a list.  You can’t check things off your list if you haven’t made one.  Include projects you are working on, those that need to be completed, and those that carry over into the New Year.  A list will give you a clear idea of where you are and where you’re headed.
  • Check those documents.  Make sure you have submitted all invoices and expense reports.  Organize, file, and purge any old documents to close out the year.  Get that pile of papers off your desk so you can start the New Year ready to move forward.
  • Reflect on accomplishments.  Take some time to give yourself credit for any accomplishments this year.  Many changes could have had a positive impact on your employees and your business.  Be proud of yourself and remember to set new goals in the New Year.
When you choose your new path (goals) for your business for 2018, make sure they are realistic and attainable.  Choose goals that will help you grow, improve your skills, enhance your career, benefit your business, engage your employees, and make everyone happy! PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Keeping Employees Engaged During the Holidays

The countdown to the holidays can be exciting and stressful, especially at the workplace.  The holiday spirit usually brings energy, creativity, and motivation to employees.  But, managers often have a hard time keeping their team members on task. The end of the year comes with completion of big projects or milestones, which can be motivating yet difficult.  So, it’s important for managers to have compassion and know that the holidays are part of an emotional season. Here are a few ways to keep your team going throughout the holiday season:
  1. Celebrate Success – with phone calls, thank you cards, through emails, and through positive reinforcement.
  2. Set Goals – to keep your team members productive and on track.
  3. Encourage Time Off – make sure your employees know that it’s important for them to spend time with loved ones, to have something to look forward to, to recharge their batteries.
  4. Schedule Regular Meetings – keep everyone in the loop, that way they feel important and are less likely to resist authority.
  5. Create an Enjoyable Environment – make sure to create an atmosphere of acceptance, unity, and friendship.  Employees will become more motivated in a positive workplace.
While holidays are hectic, and business is still going on, it’s extremely beneficial to make sure your employees are happy, healthy, and look forward to coming back in the new year.  Productive team members make for great business! PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
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Relieving Stress in the Workplace during the Holidays

Regardless of where you work, there is always the stress of the holiday season.  That’s why it’s important for both employers and employees to make it a priority to relieve stress, in order to create a comfortable, successful environment. Here are a few ways to relieve stress during the holidays:
  1. Make time for exercise.  Exercise is a natural treatment for stress.  Try to walk during lunchtime or hit the gym on your way to or home from work.  All you need is 30 minutes a day.  Just taking a short time to exercise can help you remain (and even be more) productive throughout the day.  So, there really isn’t any excuse.
  2. Drink a lot of water.  Coffee and Soda dehydrates you and makes your tired (and unfocused).  To stay alert, you want to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  3. Stay organized with a to-do list.  Even before the holidays we make lists of what needs to get done.  Stay organized and cross more off your list be getting some holiday shopping done before the crazy holiday season.  Consider doing some shopping in the summer during your lunch hour.  It will not only cross off some to-do’s but you’ll get your daily exercise in at the same time.
  4. Don’t take things too personal.  The holiday season can make people very edgy.  If someone snaps at you, try to remember they are probably under the same holiday stress you are.  Don’t take everything personal.  It will only make you more stressed during this already stressful time of year.
  5. Help out more around the office.  Give compliments to others and try to notice when others are helping the company.  This can lift spirits and help lesson the stress of the holiday season.
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If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
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Prevent Illness in the Workplace

It’s wintertime and many of us will be suffering from colds and of course, the flu.  There are ways to help prevent illnesses from spreading throughout the office.  Let’s try and make it through this winter without getting sick.
  1.  Wash Hands:  Everything is touched in the common workplace.  Door handles, laptops, light switches, drawer handles, keyboards…everything is susceptible to our germs.  Wash your hands regularly during work hours.  Your colleagues will thank you.
  2. Don’t Touch Others:  While you can’t stop your colleagues from sneezing or coughing, you can stop the spread of their colds (and yours) by avoiding handshakes.  Keep your distance, if you can, especially during Winter.
  3. Exercise:  Boost your immune system through a healthier lifestyle.  Eat a balanced diet and always get enough sleep.  Try walking during lunch hour or biking to work, if you can.  You don’t have to go to the gym.  Just 30 minutes a day walking is all you really need.
  4.  Take Time Off:  If you’re sick, take a day off work.  Don’t take your illness to the office.  Stay home and get healthy.  It’s better to have 1 person sick than half the office.  If you have deadlines to meet, ask to work from home while you’re under the weather.
This advice is not going to stop people from getting sick, but it could help prevent the spread of germs in the workplace.  Winter is coming fast!  Stay healthy!  Do your part and help prevent your workplace from spreading germs! PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland. Build a Business image 3 (small title) To register for our complimentary workshop, How to Build a Business you can Sell, visit www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland. Let’s work together to help your business grow.