Work-in- Progress: Survival Tips for # AWP 18! The AWP is back again this year and I’m sure there will be more updates. If you’re like me you read the April issue of Prevention magazine and were very excited! It’s about time to start preparing. But what about your company?

We’ve all been there. It’s been one year since my last conference with the staff and I’ve had to deal with a lot of angry emails from staff. We’ve all been told to stay tuned for more updates and maybe we can take a break from it all for once and just relax for a few months. You know those employees that are always stressed out? Those are the ones who will leave two months early!

It worked for us last year but it doesn’t necessarily work for you. What if you get caught up in the excitement of the new year and it clouds your vision? How do you get through the busyness without being stressed out? Well, it’s not as hard as you think. The key to success when working in progress is to set goals and follow-through. Here are some survival tips for # AWP 18!

First, be sure to mark your calendar and be in touch with your team at least once a month. This helps everyone stay on track. Don’t wait until your holiday break – set your goal and be prepared to take immediate action when it’s time to discuss your accomplishments during this time.

Second, create an easy way to communicate your progress with your employees. Schedule a meeting or send an email that has a simple yet effective goal. A quickie summary of what has been done so far can be great to motivate the group. Then, be clear about what you want to accomplish for the next 6 months or year.

Third, make your plan visible. Schedule a time to have lunch with each team member. If you are holding a team meeting, make sure everyone is aware. Get everyone together before the first official day of the year to discuss what is expected of them. You can also update everyone on a weekly basis about what is happening, if needed.

Fourth, keep your communication lines open with your employees. This is one area where most people slack off. Give some attention to constructive criticism and encourage employees to use their creative talents. This will give them an incentive to come back and give you the feedback they need!

Fifth, provide an incentive for employees to come back and stay committed. It is human nature to resist pressure. However, if you have a reward for staying committed, you can get them to be more committed. A bonus for reaching your goal within a specific amount of time is also a great incentive. Work-in- Progress: Survival Tips for #1: Give your employees some time and space!

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