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Back to Business: Revitalising Self, Leaders, and Teams

 Written by: Greg Weiss

The transition from holiday to work can be challenging for everyone in an organisation, especially in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) in Australia. This period requires a strategic approach to motivate and focus not just the staff, but also the leadership and the entrepreneur themselves. This comprehensive guide offers practical tips to effectively manage this transition for oneself, the leadership team, and the staff.

Part 1: Self-Motivation and Focus for the Entrepreneur

1. Embrace Self-Care
Prioritise activities that rejuvenate your mind and body. Regular exercise, meditation, or engaging in a hobby can significantly improve your mental and physical well-being, making you a more effective leader.
Example: Start each day with a morning jog and a 10-minute meditation session to clear the mind and prepare for the day’s challenges.
2. Set Personal Goals
Clearly define your personal and professional goals. These goals should be aligned with your business objectives and aid in your personal growth, keeping you focused and driven.
Example: Aim to increase business revenue by 15% in the next quarter and learn a new skill relevant to the business.
3. Continuous Learning
Commit to continuous learning. Attend industry seminars, workshops, or establish a habit of reading. Staying updated and gaining new knowledge keeps you inspired and prepared for new challenges.
Example: Enroll in an online course on the latest digital marketing strategies to stay ahead in the industry.
4. Effective Delegation
Learn to delegate effectively. Trusting your team with responsibilities not only empowers them but also allows you to focus on critical aspects of your business.
Example: Assign social media management to a trusted team member, freeing up time to focus on strategic planning.
5. Maintain Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is crucial. Ensure you have time for personal life and encourage your team to maintain this balance to prevent burnout.
Example: Schedule regular family dinners and ensure weekends are work-free to rejuvenate and maintain personal relationships.

Part 2: Strategies for the Leadership Team

6. Leadership Team Bonding

Post-holiday, reconnect with your team. Organise retreats or strategy sessions to reinforce team cohesion and collectively focus on the company’s vision.

Example: Organise a weekend retreat for brainstorming and bonding, enhancing team synergy.

7. Foster a Supportive Culture

Create a culture of support among the leadership. Encourage open communication about challenges and successes, fostering a strong support system.

Example: Hold monthly meetings for leaders to share challenges and solutions, building a supportive network.

8. Innovative Problem Solving

Encourage the leadership team to adopt innovative problem-solving approaches. This keeps the work environment dynamic and engaging.

Example: Encourage team brainstorming sessions for creative solutions to increase client engagement.

9. Regular Check-ins

Hold regular check-ins with your team to discuss progress and challenges. This ensures alignment and proactive problem-solving.

Example: Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with team leaders to discuss progress, hurdles, and personal development.

10. Celebrate Small Wins

Recognising small victories is essential. It boosts morale and keeps everyone motivated towards larger organisational goals.

Example: Acknowledge a successful project completion during a team meeting and celebrate with a team lunch.Example: Acknowledge a successful project completion during a team meeting and celebrate with a team lunch.

Part 3: Motivating and Focusing Staff

11. Welcome Back with Enthusiasm

Start with a positive and energetic welcome. Host a meeting to acknowledge their return and discuss future projects and goals.

Example: Host a ‘Welcome Back’ breakfast meeting on the first day after holidays to discuss upcoming projects.

12. Re-establish Clear Goals

Remind your staff of the company’s goals and their roles in achieving them. Ensuring everyone understands their responsibilities is key to maintaining focus.

Example: Create a visual roadmap of the company’s goals and discuss each team member’s role in achieving them.

13. Offer Flexible Scheduling

Transitioning back to work can be eased with flexible working hours or work-from-home options, showing that you value work-life balance.

Example: Allow staff to work from home two days a week for the first month after holidays to ease the transition.

14. Encourage Team Building

Organise team-building activities to improve communication and foster unity. This can be in-office activities or outside social events.

Example: Arrange an after-work bowling night to strengthen relationships and boost morale.

15. Professional Development Opportunities

Offer training sessions, workshops, or seminars. Investing in your staff’s growth shows your commitment to their career advancement.

Example: Sponsor employees to attend a local industry conference or workshop relevant to their roles.

16. Recognise and Reward

Implement a recognition program to reward outstanding performance. This could be through public acknowledgment, bonuses, or extra time off.

Example: Implement an ‘Employee of the Month’ program with bonuses or extra days off as rewards.

17. Encourage Wellness

Promote physical and mental wellness in the workplace. Organise yoga sessions or provide healthy snacks, creating a space for relaxation.

Example: Set up a weekly yoga class in the office and provide healthy snacks in the break room.

18. Effective Communication

Maintain open communication with your team. Regularly check in not just on work progress but to offer support and address concerns.

Example: Establish an open-door policy for employees to discuss their ideas and concerns

19. Innovate and Invigorate

Introduce new projects or innovative approaches to existing ones to reignite passion and interest in the work.

Example: Introduce a new software tool to streamline workflow and bring a fresh approach to daily tasks.

20. Lead by Example

Your attitude and behavior set the standard. Display the focus, energy, and enthusiasm you wish to see in your team and in the organisation.

Example: Demonstrate punctuality, dedication, and a positive attitude to inspire the team.


Integrating these tips and practical examples into their strategies, SMEs and SMBs in Australia can navigate the post-holiday transition effectively, ensuring a motivated and productive workforce. This well-rounded approach to motivating oneself, the leadership team, and the staff is crucial for maintaining high productivity and morale, and is a cornerstone for the long-term success of any business in today’s dynamic environment.

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Greg authored 3 practical Career Books, and 1 Book helping Visionary leaders scale their businesses. He is one of Australia’s most experienced HR consultants and leading career coaches. He is the founder and owner of Soulidify and Career365. As an entrepreneur/business owner, Greg has experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of starting and growing one’s own business.

You can find him on LinkedIn or Linktree.