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Mindful Strategies to Re-focus Your Team

Sean Dailey, Ytel |  
It's a very common occurrence about halfway through the year -- your team starts to lose focus, energy levels drop, and accomplishing goals becomes more difficult. Often times the solution is simple enough; take the time to re-focus your strategy within your department, specifically each team member, to clearly define goals and set each person up for success for the second half of the year. Read on for some tips on how to re-focus your entire team!

Take the time to re-focus your strategy within your department, specifically each team member, to clearly define goals and set each person up for success for the second half of the year. Read on for some tips on how to re-focus your entire team!

1. Limit meetings

Having meetings just for meetings' sake is a foolproof way to see a drop in production and energy. One team meeting a week is the sweet spot; get all your topics covered, tasks discussed, roadblocks acknowledged, and send them on their way. Stay focused and on task, and these meetings will remain a useful tool for your team. If you need to have one on one meetings with individual team members, that's a different story.

2. Encourage PTO

Not in excess, of course, but everyone needs time off. Work life balance is key to a happy, productive team... we talk about this all the time! Vacation days are a great way for your team members to re-energize, spend time away from their desks and the daily grind, and hit the refresh button. This will be invaluable for the second half of the year, particularly if you have a busy holiday season on the horizon. Make sure your employees know when your busy season is, and when the best times of year are to take vacations so they can plan accordingly. 

3.  Remind them what they're working for

What do your team members get excited about? How do they stay motivated? This can change with time, so try to stay informed on what keeps them coming to work every day. Whether it's their bonus plan, incentives, simply the culture, happy hours and lunches out, etc. Make sure those motivators are attainable for your employees so they're chasing a clear goal, not ambiguity.

4. Shut down the Naysayers

No matter how positive and upbeat you are, there will always be negative nancy's trying to bring you down. Your employees will probably feel emotionally drained after working with these types of people, and rightfully so... it's exhausting! Encourage team spirit and positivity, not yesterday's failures or the items you just can't accomplish yet. While roadblocks are real and we all face them, they aren't the only thing to be fixated on. Ask your team members to approach each situation with a positive attitude instead of a negative one. 

5. Put The Time In

Even if it's once a month or a quarter, take your team out for a dinner or happy hour to celebrate their hard work and success. Not only will they appreciate you for taking the time to get to know them outside of the office, but they'll respect you as a leader for ensuring that they're happy and thriving as a part of your team. Getting to know your employees is a key piece in the puzzle of culture and employee happiness. The happiness of your employees goes hand in hand with their focus and motivation throughout the workday and long term.

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Sean Dailey, Ytel

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Sean leads the Recruiting efforts and is involved with Product Development at Ytel. After almost 4 years of agency recruiting, Sean decided to move towards internal recruiting and joined Ytel. He is a huge believer in culture, and puts an emphasis on building relationships.


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