7 Ways to Re-Energize Your Staff for the New Year

Emma Wolfe January 09, 2018, by Emma Wolfe

You’ve just come off a long fundraising season and the lethargy of the holidays still lingers. You want to get the New Year started on the right foot but your staff needs a serious recharge and you’re not sure how to get them motivated again. Don’t worry; we at Elevation have come up with 7 ways to get your staff pumped up for the New Year.


Use New Year’s Resolutions


Get your staff together to share personal resolutions and come up with organization-wide goals. If a large portion of your staff is trying to exercise more, then introduce a mid-day stretch or set of squats in the office. This way your employees can work on their resolutions even while at work.

Brainstorm resolutions for your entire nonprofit with staff so that they are involved in the goal-setting process and are excited to start achieving them in the New Year!


wellness committee-10.pngCreate a Wellness Committee

The health of your staff is essential if you want to have a productive New Year and after a long fundraising season, making sure staff members have time for themselves is essential to ensuring this.

Wellness is not only being free from illness but takes into account all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing. In     order to ensure that your staff is totally healthy and ready to take on 2018, form a wellness committee to create initiatives for a healthy workplace. The committee can spearhead things such as start a weekly yoga day, designate a room for meditation or create mental health resources.


Celebrate Whenever Possible


Everyone needs a break from work at some point during the day and what better way than with a staff party? Make sure to celebrate your organization’s anniversary, staff birthdays, and exciting accomplishments.

Start off by celebrating your end of the year fundraising success! Your staff worked hard and should be congratulated for all they did. Acknowledging all their hard work in a fun way creates momentum to carry over into 2018.


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While you don’t want to dwell on 2017 too much, briefly survey your employees about what worked and what didn’t last year. Make a conscious effort to implement some of the suggestions your staff makes. This indicates that you listen to the members of your staff and ensures that they are excited to see their ideas in action in 2018.


Set an Example


Energy is transferable. When someone is exuding a tired energy, others are likely to pick up on that and as a manager, people are looking to you for guidance. Take care of yourself so that you can radiate the energy that your staff needs for the New Year. If their leaders have the stamina to move forward with positivity they will draw upon this energy and apply it to their own work lives.


Reorganize the office  


People find new energy in reorganized spaces so Feng Shui your office up! Give your staff a day to clear out the unnecessary and reorder their things. If possible, bring in some new office supplies or furniture to help spruce things up but make sure staff gets rid of at least one thing before adding another. A cluttered office can be an unproductive place and you want to avoid that this year.


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Reward your staff’s hard work with free food this month but remember those New Year’s resolutions. If a large portion of your staff is trying to eat healthier, then show you are listening by ordering a lunch with fresh and healthy options. Even better, include a question on your staff survey about staff’s favorite places for lunch and order from one of them.


After the holidays, you and your staff can be drained. Avoid this post-holiday slump by applying some of these ideas to your office and your staff will thank you by refocusing and getting 2018 started on the right foot!  

Please contact us if you have any comments or questions! 

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Emma Wolfe

Emma Wolfe

Emma Wolfe is the Content Marketing Growth Manager at Elevation, a full-service nonprofit web design agency. Emma has been involved in the nonprofit world for years working at multiple NGOs located both in the United States and abroad. Her experience ranges from refugee occupation counseling to empowerment programs for youth in West Africa. When she isn’t traveling Emma loves doing yoga and trying new food.

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