The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends, but for many, the holidays can also be a source of stress. Negative feelings can arise due to finances, personal commitments, and pressure to find just the right gifts, and when combined with elevated stress in the workplace it can be a recipe for disaster. As a manager, there are a number of steps you can take to help alleviate workplace stress and keep your employees happy and motivated throughout the season, including those listed below.
It is important to recognize that there are many different ways to celebrate the holidays besides the more traditional approach. By creating an awareness for various cultures, ethnicities, and religions, the workplace becomes a more inclusive, inviting environment for all who work there.
A simple gesture, such as providing employees with a mandatory day off to accomplish holiday tasks such as shopping or more personal needs, can have a number of positive, long term benefits. Employees that feel appreciated and understood are more likely to remain loyal, engaged, and happy.
This season, take the focus off of gift-giving to relieve the financial burden on employees. Instead, encourage them to give the gift of time by volunteering within the community. Whether as a group or individually, helping others can provide a sense of purpose and give more meaning to the holiday season.
Keep in Touch
Check-in with your employees to determine how they would like to handle this year’s workplace celebrations. In addition to hearing some great ideas, you will also gain valuable insight into the level of participation you can expect, and find out whether you should plan your celebration on a small or grand scale.
During the holiday season employees may be stretched thin and repeatedly torn between the obligations at work and home. By deferring select tasks or projects until the new year, you can help to relieve some of the pressure they may be feeling while ensuring your company’s needs are met.
Holiday related stress can be detrimental to your business through a loss of productivity and increased errors. While many stressors are self-imposed, such as overspending, overindulging, and over-committing, it’s important to be aware of how your employees are coping and how you can help to make the workplace more enjoyable without sacrificing profitability.