The Bagg Group survey on employee morale

    At the end of summer, post-holiday blues
    takes a toll on employee productivity

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Now is the autumn of discontent! Employees once
relieved to have escaped downsizing, are now feeling overburdened, resulting
in a surge in job seekers. A recent survey by The Bagg Group of 200 private
and public sector organizations in the GTA shows that in 80% of organizations
of all sizes, employee productivity and morale are the two top concerns, after
meeting sales targets. And the post-holiday blues are making matters worse.
    "If you want to hang on to your best staff," says Geoff Bagg, president
of The Bagg Group, "you need to implement a strategic program of
reinvigoration!" With cut-backs, many employees are doing the work or
two or more. With summer ending, and with no break in sight, frustration is at
an all time-high and the workplace suffers.
    Mr. Bagg says his company is seeing an intense fall-out from
post-vacation let-down. His recruiters are flooded with calls from
overburdened employees who are despondent at picking up where they left off
prior to their break.
    Mr. Bagg, whose Toronto-based company ( has worked with
hundreds of GTA organizations through several recessions, offers these proven
solutions as an antidote to the post-holiday blues

    -   Reinvigorate employees. Hold "back-to-school" meetings at which the
        focus is on upcoming projects or interesting changes. If nothing is
        on the horizon, hold a brainstorming session on improvements.

    -   During long summer days, employees leave the office feeling they
        still have a lot of daylight left to enjoy. In the fall, overburdened
        employees mourn the loss of this work/life balance. There's no better
        time to review deadlines and help employees set priorities to
        reintroduce a sense of control over their days.

    -   Employees who, due to layoffs, have had to take on additional tasks
        that don't require their skills find it especially hard to engage
        with their jobs, post vacation. Traditionally, employers hire
        temporary and contract workers at this time of year to free staff to
        reconnect with their prime responsibilities and interests.

    -   Finally, it's a good time to introduce some fun into the workplace.
        Anything from a holiday picture contest to a lunch-room picnic can
        help remind staff that while work is no day at the beach, it still
        can be a good place to socialize and share an experience or two.

    Established in 1971 The Bagg Group is a full-service staffing and
consulting firm, providing full-time, contract, temporary placements and
outsourcing across multiple industries and functions.

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