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Inspiring high performance during tough times

Naturally, all business owners and managers hope for positive returns and bright outlooks at all times.

Naturally, all business owners and managers hope for positive returns and bright outlooks at all times. Unfortunately, that's rarely the reality and most organizations go through challenging periods. Whether they're facing staffing shortages, difficult market conditions or other setbacks, companies need all hands on deck to get back on their feet.

Even though employee engagement and commitment is critical during these periods, it can be incredibly difficult to motivate and encourage workers at this time. Implementing simple reward and recognition programs can help validate employees for their extra efforts and foster an upbeat atmosphere. 

In addition to this strategy, there are a few other techniques managers should keep in mind when the going gets tough. Business 2 Community contributor Harvey Deutschendorf, an emotional intelligence expert and author, emphasized the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, bringing employees on board for decision making and offering opportunities for growth. He explained that asking for staff feedback and involving them in implementing new processes can help foster loyalty and give them a sense of personal investment in the success of the venture. Additionally, greater communication can help to ease fears and keep employees focused on the future.

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