Workers seek motivation from managers in order to hit the ground running after Christmas, finds Stuart Stone

Monday morning

Three quarters of respondents to a new survey by reward and benefits provider Edenred said that a lack of manager-led motivation on their first day back after Christmas caused lethargy, resignation, and undermined performance.


The survey of 2,000 UK employees revealed that employees, particularly in younger age groups, saw spending time with their manager on the first working day in January as the most important factor in how they felt about being back at work.


However, 60% of respondents said their manager currently takes no action to motivate them upon returning to work in January despite a similar number (56%) believing that their manager should use the first day back as an opportunity to encourage and energise.


These findings have debunked the myth that most employees return to work in a seasonal slump; avoiding their manager as much as possible, catching up on office gossip, or researching their next holiday. In fact, almost half (49%) of consider the first day back as a chance to plan their workload for the month ahead and steal a march on targets.


Andy Philpott, sales and marketing director for Edenred says: “The fact that only 10% of employees leave work feeling inspired after the first day back in January shows employers have a major motivation gap to bridge.


Our survey sends a very clear message to anyone in charge of a team: plan ahead, get it right in January and you’ll be making your job a lot easier for the next 12 months.”


“There is plenty of enthusiasm and energy there if you can tap into it. It’s down to managers to take the lead and not leave their teams to motivate themselves if they want to avoid the dreaded January performance slump.”


“The smartest leaders recognise the start to the new year as a golden opportunity to hit targets early on and set the direction and tone in the workplace for the year ahead.”