Let’s face it: Employees are more distracted during the holidays, and productivity can decrease. The parties and celebrations, time off, extra vacation, online shopping, and the pressure people feel to meet all their holiday obligations add up to less time spent working. The business world doesn’t stop for the holidays, of course, but employee attendance and attention can slip. According to a survey from CareerBuilder, about half of employees admit to holiday shopping online while at the office. Another study, by the Institute for Corporate Productivity, found that 62 percent of companies experience a big dip in workplace productivity during the holiday season.
The experts at Optimum Employer Solutions have compiled a few tips to help you keep employees on task without being a Scrooge this holiday season:
- Be the Example – Leadership plays a major part in maintaining productivity during the holiday season. If you slack off at work during the holiday season, your employees will likely take your lead and do it too. It is important that you and your managers stay focused on the company’s end-of-year goals and encourage employees to do the same.
- Take Advantage of the Season – Incorporate some holiday fun to encourage your workers to stay on task. For example, you could offer tickets to a fun holiday event to the employee who meets his or her monthly quota first.
- Reinforce Your Mission Statement – You can gently remind your employees that even though this is a magical time of year, it is important to remember the company’s fundamental purpose, including short and long-term goals.
- Encourage a Recharge – The holiday season is a great time to encourage your employees to take some much needed time to recharge. Along with encouraging them to take their earned vacation time, you could organize an office-wide coffee break. Encourage your managers to leave employees alone when they are off. Whatever works for your business, choose something to help your employees get at least a few minutes of relaxation during this busy time.
- Be Flexible – In addition to offering employees time off, consider offering employees flex schedule options. You could allow employees to work remotely during the holidays. This will allow employees the flexibility to take care of personal holiday goals while having the option to be productive for work during hours they are not usually at the office.
- Have a Party – Even though you should focus on work during this season, it is also important to take some time and celebrate with your employees. By hosting an office holiday party, you can increase morale and productivity. Consider treating your employees to a luncheon, holiday cookies, a Secret Santa exchange or all of the above!
As a business owner, you will need to accept that employees are going to be distracted at this time of year. However, with the great tips provided by the experts at Optimum Employer Solutions, you can make the most of this season. Instead of stressing about workers losing focus, set the right example and take full advantage of the festive air by planning fun ways for you and your workers to enjoy it. You can also implement some of the below tips to enhance productivity during December:
- Call an Informal Meeting- Simply reiterate how employee accomplishments contribute to the company, and that while it’s normal for the holidays to distract, a certain level of productivity is expected.
- Set Goals- Communicate company/department/individual goals clearly, and consider making those goals a weekly challenge to keep employees engaged.
- Reward Success- Publicly recognize those employees who perform exemplary work during the holidays. This can lead to desire to continue to exceed expectations.
It’s a fact that the holidays will impact your workplace, but a little flexibility, understanding, and communication go a long way to ensuring everyone has a wonderful December!