The gifts have all been opened, the resolutions set and someone finally tossed the fruitcake that was sitting in the conference room for weeks. It’s time to get back to business.
But what if all those extra cookies and glasses of eggnog are weighing down more than the office chairs? Something needs to happen to get the creative juices flowing again and bring your staff back into the swing of things. What better way to do this than with a start-of-the-year conference call?
First, bringing everyone together for a conference will re-establish coworker camaraderie and remind them that they have a work family as well as their family at home. Nothing is a better motivator than feeling like a part of something bigger, knowing everyone depends on each other and seeing a real opportunity to contribute.
As the conversation starts to look back on the previous year, use the call to reflect on what worked well in 2013 and discuss what can be done better in 2014. Agree to goals and objectives everyone can work toward and have someone record them. Once the call is finished, the chosen secretary should send these objectives out to all participants—or even the entire company in general—as a roadmap for the coming year.
Like a football team that regroups after a half-time break, uniting your team after the holidays sends the message that it’s time to get back into the game. When it’s not possible to gather the entire office around one table, conference calls are the most efficient way to get the ball rolling again.
What could you discuss on your start-of-year conference call?