It’s the end of the year and like most businesses, you are trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before January. It’s a time when all of your employees need to be focused and dedicated to their jobs, but at the same time, there’s no other time of year during which they are more distracted than they are now.
So the question is, how do you keep your employees motivated during the holiday season? Here are some tips to help you and your team navigate through the hustle and bustle of the holidays successfully.
Lead By Example
If the management is taking it easy during December, there’s a good chance that the employees will follow suit. You really need to demonstrate your leadership during this time of year and maintain your level of productivity.
Stay focused, be visible in the office, and show your employees that you are as dedicated to finishing the year out strong as they should be.
Ask for Weekly Reports
This is a good way to keep your employees from slacking off. When they need to report to you on a weekly basis regarding what they have done, it will be impossible for them to slack off without you noticing it.
Ask them to send you a list of what they accomplished during the week and the goals that they have set for the following week.
Let Them Take Days Off
Enforcing a “no vacation time” rule during the holiday season is not the way to go. People have a lot of stuff on their plates during this time of the year, and they are going to need some off time in order to be able to balance their personal lives and work lives effectively.
For example, it’s better to allow them to take a couple days off to finish their holiday shopping in peace instead of spending half the day in the office shopping online or taking extended lunch breaks for trips to the mall.
Push the Big Projects Back to January
Your goals should be lofty in December so that you can finish out the year on the right note and set the tempo for next year, but don’t try to accomplish too much. Set concrete goals that are achievable in this short period of time and save the bigger projects for the new year.
This will make it less stressful for your employees and give your entire company a sense of accomplishment and continuity by being able to close one chapter now and start the new year by opening a new one.
Lift Spirits By Sharing Success Stories
The holiday season is a time to reflect on all of the great things that your company has accomplished over the course of the year and highlight all of the positive experiences. Take some time to create a presentation for the entire staff and make sure that praise your team and thank them for making these successes a reality.
Making your employees feel good about themselves gives them a sense of validation. Let them know that they are important to you and your company’s successes. This will boost their motivation and desire to end the year with an exclamation point.
While these suggestions can definitely help you to manage your team on a high level during the holidays, nothing can guarantee that you won’t be seeing drop-offs in productivity during this time of the year. Not being able to focus entirely on work is par for the course during the holiday season. It’s a reality of business that shouldn’t keep you up at night, unless it’s getting out of control.
Happy holidays everyone!