The holiday season is one of the happiest times of the year when we get an opportunity to unwind with the family. However, as we approach the holidays, deadlines start to stack up and employees may become overwhelmed. It’s essential to look after and motivate your team this time of the year as failing to do so can impact office morale and productivity. In this blog, we will discuss fun and festive ways to boost employee morale and ensure a productive holiday season.
How to Boost Employee Morale Before the Holidays
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of end-of-year deadlines and experience burnout during the holiday season. Therefore, employers should aim to balance work and festivities to support employees’ mental health. This will show your employees that you care about them and will help improve overall employee loyalty. Here are some employee morale tips for the holiday season.
Decorate the Workspace
It’s no secret that decorating the workspace with holiday themed decorations will make coming to work more enjoyable. If your office still looks bleak, now’s the best time to change that. Getting a tree for the office, putting up some lights, and burning a seasonal candle will help lift the mood of employees and get them in the spirit of the holidays.
Recognize All Holidays
It’s important to recognize all holidays, not just Christmas, to ensure everyone feels included and part of the team. These efforts will demonstrate to employees how you are dedicated to inclusiveness in the workplace.
Find out which holidays mean the most to your employees through an anonymous questionnaire. Also, ensure that they are able to take time off to observe the holiday if it happens to land on a workday.
Offer Flexible Hours
The holidays are filled with plans that only come around once a year. Some employees may need time off or shorter days to travel and celebrate with their families. Giving your team more flexibility to take time off, adjust their schedules, or work from home is the biggest gift you could give them this holiday season. Encouraging employees to take some time off for themselves is critical to prevent burnout.
Host a Holiday Party
Hosting a holiday party for your employees is a fun way to show appreciation for all their work and provide a relaxing environment to build connections. Remember to be mindful of all different backgrounds and cultures to ensure you don’t exclude anyone.
The best way to set up an inclusive holiday party is by involving employees in the planning process. Determine a location and theme for the gathering and even consider hosting a White Elephant where employees can exchange gifts while having fun.
One Less Thing to Stress About for the New Year
With how busy and hectic the holiday season can become, anything that boosts employee morale is beneficial to your organization. Another consideration employers should make this time of year is evaluating marketing means and success.
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