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December 17, 2014
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News regarding Energy Star, the acquisitions of Simonton Windows and Hurd Windows and Doors, and new executive appointments topped the list of most-clicked stories on in 2014. Among the Talk topics garnering the most discussion this year were the buying mentality among consumers, product performance and labor issues. Read the full report...

Happy Holidays from Window & Door
Window & Door wishes you the season's best. Enjoy this last edition of W&D weekly for 2014. We'll resume in the New Year on January 7.


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The Talk

By Asher Raphael, co-chief executive officer, Power Home Remodeling Group

It seems as though the holiday season ramps up earlier and earlier with each passing year. When we’re buying Halloween candy, holiday decorations are in the next aisle and Christmas music is playing over the store’s speakers. Americans have holiday shopping and celebrating on the brain earlier than ever. Following suit, individuals and most businesses lose the majority of their efficiencies in profits and earnings during the last two months of the year.

It’s a challenge to keep employees engaged all 12 months of the year, so business owners and managers have to get creative to ensure productivity remains just as high a priority as any other time of year. Here are a few tactics that can help keep employees motivated as the year comes to a close.

Create Incentives
The most effective way to keep employees focused on the bottom line at the end of the year is to establish an incentive program. From year-end bonuses to performance-based rewards in the form of event tickets and technology, even the smallest gestures can inspire employees to step up if positioned properly. For sales teams, especially, consider building in a competitive angle to help inspire some friendly rivalry. 

Be Grateful
Get into the holiday spirit and remember to appreciate and acknowledge the hard work your team members are doing across the organization. We take every employee and a guest on a three-day tropical getaway as a way to show them how very much we appreciate their dedication throughout the year.

How You Finish Affects Your Start
January 1st isn’t a fresh start—the momentum you bring into the month has a dramatic effect on the entire year. And, connections and partnerships made during the end of the year materialize in early growth the following year. Like everything else, leading from the front is always the right call.

Keeping Score
Any professional athlete or coach will tell you, the only score that matters is the score at the end of the game. It’s critical to ensure that your executive group, as well as middle management, remains focused and motivated, and runs through the tape to the end of the year. Even though it may not seem to be, this is a great time to set up your employees to start the New Year with a renewed sense of dedication to your business and your mission.

What do you think about keeping employees motivated toward the end of the year? Take this week's poll, post a comment, and/or email Window & Door to tell us what you think.

Does your Company Keep Employees Engaged throughout November and December?
Has a Lack of Qualified Candidates Kept your Business from Growing?
More than 70 percent of respondents to last week's poll reported that they cannot find skilled laborers to employ. See the complete survey results...
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