While December is typically chock full of holiday festivities, the month can also be a cause for tension among your employees due to looming end-of-year deadlines and multiple family obligations. It can also be a nightmare for managers who have to figure out scheduling when everybody wants to take vacation on the same days. You need your employees to not only stay focused on the business, but also feel less stressed. Here are a few suggestions to help keep them engaged through the holidays.
- Host a potluck breakfast or lunch
Everybody’s busy, but it’s important to take some time out to de-stress and enjoy each other’s company. A well-planned potluck can be a good way to keep your employees engaged through the coming months (heck, make it a weekly thing). Keep in mind that the key phrase here is “well-planned.” It’s important that everyone knows when and where the potluck will take place, as well as what they each need to bring. Using an online potluck planner tool to keep track of who’s bringing what can be a life saver.
- Focus on relaxation
If you’re in an office environment, hiring a meditation coach or yoga instructor to come in one day a week can go a long way toward reducing stress during the holidays. As an added bonus: Little perks like this go a long way toward keeping your employees focused on the company, not to mention the positive effect they can have on your brand.
- Don’t be a Scrooge
Everyone wants to know they’re appreciated, and the holiday season is a great time to show your employees how much you value their loyalty. A $50 gift card and the afternoon off to go shopping would be a great gift to give your employees.
- Be mindful when making schedules
It’s important that managers or supervisors communicate up front with employees about time off during the holidays. If you have blackout periods where no time off is permitted, make this very clear. Ask your employees for their thoughts on ways to get necessary work done while still allowing for time off. People like to be heard, and open two-way communication is key to ensuring your team stays engaged… especially during the holidays.
End of year holidays can be a distracting and stressful time for your employees and managers, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking measures now to support them throughout the month while still staying focused on the business will help.
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