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Staying Productive this Holiday Season

The holidays can be a busy time at work; what with schedules tightening and holiday stress creating tension. With all the concerns that come with the holiday season, one of the biggest challenges companies face is how to keep employees happy, motivated, and productive during this time. Here are just a few examples of how employers can keep employees content and working their hardest.

Be Flexible

Depending on the company, one of the easiest ways to keep employees happy is to become more flexible with work hours. Flexibility can give employees the time they need to find an effective work – life balance during this time or the year.

Acknowledge Good Work

There is a lot to be said about how a far a simple thank you can go. Acknowledging success and even effort when ideas don’t pan out, is an easy, cheap, and effective way of keeping ideas and effort flowing. There are many ways to acknowledge good work,but it all depends on the company culture and the individuals you are recognizing.It’s important to know where a pat on the back and a cash incentive  are equally effective. 

Communicate More Effectively

Good communication is always a key component of well functioning teams. The trick to effective communication during the holidays is to manage when and what kind of communication works best. Maybe you team will work best with quick emails instead of long team meetings. Encouraging employees to communicate and socialize with each other more often is also a way to keep spirits and creativity high.

Invest in Training

Offering employees training and continued learning opportunities equally benefits the individuals as much as it does the company. Workshops, seminars and even online courses can be a way of showing employees that the company cares about them and is willing to invest in a future together. Mentor programs and cross training are easy and relatively inexpensive way for companies to develop their workforce and keep employees engaged.

Don’t Forget to Make Things Fun!

The idea is simple: if employees enjoy where they work and what they do, they will be more upbeat and productive. There are simple things employers can do to make the workplace more inviting and engaging. Open up the blinds and let some natural sunlight in. Organize an engagement committee to really listen to employees needs and find ways to giveback. Put up some festive decorations to liven up the office. Even something like surprising the team with coffee and donuts can go a long way.

It’s important to remember that a company’s greatest asset is its employees. The collective effort, enthusiasm and power of the workforce are what drive good business to success. So this holiday season, when things seem sluggish or just plain sad, just remember you have options.


Staying Positive During the Holiday Season

As much as the holidays are a time for celebration, cheer, and good will toward all mankind, they can also bring a lot of stress and hardship for some people. For some individuals, the holidays can be the worst time of the year. Deadlines, crowds, budgets, and busy schedules can weigh heavily on a person and directly affect all aspects of their life; especial their work life. This is why it is important as an employer to keep employees positive and as stress free as possible during the upcoming season.

When employees are unhappy and morale is low it can be destructive for a business. Poor attitudes and work ethic can lead to job dissatisfaction, absenteeism and even turnover. It is essential that employers understand how to deal with positivity and productivity during this time.

One of the first steps is understanding where the stress is coming from. Do your employees feel pressured at work? Or are there larger issues in their personal life that they are dealing with? It can mean a lot to an employee if they feel they have support from their job and managers to deal with their personal life issues.

Some Holiday stress is unavoidable in the workplace. End of year deadlines, heavy workloads and hectic schedules come with the territory. The trick is to learn how to manage the stress that is there and limit any new sources. There are plenty of opportunities for employers to alleviate stress on employees over the holidays:

The classic office party - a good way to get employees together and blow off some steam.  However, there are some more strategic ways companies can reduce employee’s stress while investing in them long term. 

Employee assistance programs - can help take some of the pressures off employees year round. 

Training programs -  time management, stress reduction techniques or organizational skills can be helpful in teaching employees to stay relaxed while adding value to the company’s day to day.

Keep your managers and supervisors stress free - if employees see management having a hard time keeping things together, that can have a domino effect throughout the company.

Focus on keeping expectations rational, managing time effectively and keeping a good work – life balance.


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