With the holidays quickly approaching, your employees might be more distracted with family visiting from out of town, socially distant parties, shopping, traveling and the typical hustle and bustle the season brings. There are so many demands and expectations during the holidays that it is very easy to get overwhelmed. Many people get distracted and lose focus of work because of their never ending to do lists. For a company to thrive during the busy holiday season, they must view this distraction as an opportunity rather than a setback. This is a great time to increase employee engagement and satisfaction during the holiday season. Check out our tips below:
In a perfect world, everyone would be able to take off the entire week before a holiday to prepare and maybe even regroup a little post-holiday. Unfortunately, this is not an option because operations still need to be running even during the holidays. With the pandemic, offering flexible working hours seems to be a bit more practical since we are mainly working from home. Another thing to consider is letting employees leave early or come in late. This way employees have even more flexibility to work around family and holiday needs.
Give back as a team
The holidays are all about giving back, not only to your friends, loved ones and customers but also giving back to the greater good. There are multiple volunteer opportunities around the city of Atlanta including Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas, Furkids, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program and Wreaths Across America. Coordinate a COVID-19 friendly event with your team or sponsor an individual in need to deliver some holiday cheer.
This has not been an easy year for anyone. Your employees have showed perseverance and growth during these unprecedented times. Award them with positive reinforcement. Budgets have been tight for everyone this year so a simple handwritten thank you card, phone call or congratulatory email to acknowledge a job well done goes a long way. Your employees will feel appreciated and a sense of belonging to an even greater purpose.
Set realistic year-end goals
We already know employees feel very overwhelmed during the holiday season so try not to add more to their plates with new projects or time sensitive deadlines. Before the end of 2020, make sure employees have set realistic goals for the following year and get them in writing. This way when employees return to the office in January, they can hold themselves accountable for their 2021 goals.
We hope these tips will help keep your employees engaged and cheerful this holiday season. If we can help alleviate some of the seasonal stress with temp employees, we would be happy to help. Please reach out to us at (770) 937-0410.