The holiday season is a heavily anticipated time of year. Employees often have countdowns until Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The time off that your employees receive during the holiday season often gives them a boost of energy, happiness, and creativity that is much needed in the workplace. However, leading up to this time, it can be hard to keep your team’s attention to the tasks at hand as you close off the end of the year. Here are some ways that you can keep your team’s focus sharp and concentrated on getting work done as you near the holidays.
Although this may seem like a no-brainer, something as simple as creating a list of goals you want your team to accomplish by the end of the year can help keep your team productive and focused. Even setting specific dates for each goal, leading up to the holiday off days can motivate your team to complete tasks in a timely manner. Make sure these goals are clearly communicated and in writing, so employees can refer back to the list as necessary.
Hold a Workshop
The holidays may be the perfect time to hire a speaker or hold a workshop to educate and inspire your employees. You may hold a workshop to discuss personal development, work-life balancing, team building, or productivity skills. Not only will this have an immediate effect on your team’s morale and outlook on their job, but your employees may take the skills they learn and carry them into the New Year to help productivity and efficiency in the next work quarter.
Create a Home Away from Home
The holidays are a festive time for people across cultures. Encourage your employees from all different backgrounds to decorate their office spaces with festive colors, ornaments, and decorations. Hold an office holiday party and insist that your team bring foods that are typical of whatever holiday they are celebrating. Remember to be inclusive of all holidays and all cultures, and to encourage unity amongst your team.
Celebrate Your Teams’ Success
Taking the time out to create thank you cards for each of your team members this holiday season will help your employees feel more valued and important to your team. If your team has collectively accomplished a goal or a big task, reward your employees with complimentary lunch or breakfast. Be sure to include everyone in the celebration, to encourage oneness and unity among your team. If your employees have completed a goal or a specific task, reward accomplishments with a holiday themed reward or incentive. Doing things such as these encourages productivity and engagement during the holiday season.
Throughout this holiday season, be sure to keep your team up to date and informed of what’s going on in your company. As the holiday season passes, to keep your team fully engaged weekly emails with updates can be utilized. Keeping this constant communication will keep your teams focus and remind them of the tasks at hand.