There’s no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for businesses and technology professionals. The Coronavirus pandemic led to a recession and a subsequent rise in the unemployment rate. Still, many companies quickly introduced remote working policies and enjoyed a surprising boost in productivity as a result.
With the end of the year coming soon, it’s time to look at a few tips aimed at ending 2020 on a high note. After all, keeping employees focused and productive throughout December ensures next year starts in a great fashion. Hopefully, your organization makes 2021 a year to remember!
Craft Business and Marketing Plans For 2021
Year-end planning remains a critical task for any successful business. Of course, it’s likely that few if any 2020 plans anticipated the scourge of COVID-19. Still, if you reached most of this year’s goals, that’s a definite positive. Nonetheless, spending time crafting business goals for the next year, as well as the plans to achieve them, is a must.
At the same time, managers need to work with your staff to create personal goals to carry each through the next year. Also include items for professional development. This latter approach ensures a skills gap never hampers your company’s ability to compete in the marketplace.
Conduct Year-End Reviews and Award Bonuses
Of course, conducting year-end reviews of your employees typically happens in December. While many companies now offer feedback throughout the year, it’s still important to track whether each employee reached their assigned goals in 2020. Also, remember that any criticism should be offered constructively.
Additionally, consider awarding Holiday or year-end bonuses to your staff. This year likely saw a variety of challenges for most employees. A little extra cash at the end of the year likely boosts their morale.
Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Don’t forget to celebrate the Holiday season in a safe manner with your employees. If everyone is still working remotely, holding a virtual party during a videoconference helps spread a measure of cheer. Giving each employee a gift card is another useful tip.
If possible, take some time off during the last week of 2020 to relax. This helps recharge your batteries for a productive 2021. Start January off by kicking off your business plan to achieve success in the New Year.
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