As a business, you want your staff to be motivated and engaged and to finish the year on a high, rested and ready for the next. We look at some simple ways to engage your team during the holidays.
Try to plan everything ahead of schedule to ensure you’re able to clearly communicate your year-end goals to employees well in advance. Move non-essential meetings into the New Year, to help people focus on their core work in December and avoid burnout and encourage a big end-of-year push by offering some serious incentives in December.
Creating a clear schedule of when your team are taking their holiday time off can be better for communicating and planning things like the work Christmas party around dates that work for all your team. It’s also important to schedule all festive communications well in advance, so there’s no checking in on LinkedIn during Christmas lunch!
Offer a flexible working schedule, with extended lunches, earlier finishes, or increased working-from-home flexibility. Whether it’s last-minute work projects, Christmas shopping or train strikes, it’s good to give your employees a reward for their dedication in the run-up to Christmas and avoid any unwanted stress.
Set your employees up for success to tackle whatever comes their way with well-being resources to improve their mental, physical and financial wellness.
The end of the year is a natural time to recognise everyone’s efforts and a great opportunity for employees at all levels to show their appreciation for each other. It shouldn’t just be about work-related milestones either! Celebrate employees who’ve really embodied your culture and values or have reached personal goals.
The holiday season is all about giving, if you’re a multi-cultural team where not everyone celebrates Christmas, there are still plenty of reasons to get in a festive mood! Start by bringing Christmas to the office and get the team to join in for Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 8th December or decorate your office space.
Most important of all is to say thank you to your team and make sure they feel valued because sometimes a little can go a long way and if you’re looking for further benefits for your employees, check out out top non-salary benefits guide.