How can you keep productivity up during the holiday season? When the festivities approach, we all start to think more about Christmas Eve, buying gifts and spending time with our family than about our work. For this reason, it's a challenge for HR departments to help keeping up the whole team's motivation during this time, and to help maintain their focus on tasks despite Christmas calling their attention.
In this post we want to suggest some key recommendations that Human Resources departments can introduce to motivate staff and help everyone to maintain their productivity until the end of the year.
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How can HR boost productivity during Christmas Holidays?
December is one of those months in the year that most affects our productivity. But at the same time, it's one of the key stages for many companies, as it's the time to close the last deals of the year, achieve KPIs objectives and finish projects.
For Human Resources departments, Christmas holidays create a peak at work: company holiday parties, gifts to clients, managing vacations, etc.
If we add to this a decrease in productivity within the company, the nightmare of pre-Christmas low productivity occurs.
Therefore, the added challenge that HR professionals have in December is ensuring that productivity and competitiveness quotas don't fall.
If you can keep teams concentrated and motivated, this period can be one of the most productive of the year. In addition to that, December is an excellent month to strengthen the team's commitment.
Below we share 5 key tips to prevent your workers from going “mentally” on vacation before the end of the year.
What are the 5 key tips to maintaining productivity in the holiday season?
Employee happiness and well-being is decisive when it comes to achieving high levels of productivity in a company. Accordingly, a 2012 analysis by the Harvard Business Review found that employee happiness can lead to an average increase of 31% in productivity.
For Human Resources professionals, December is an opportunity to boost employees’ happiness through wellbeing or reward programs that compensate employees and award their good results.
The classic Christmas basket or a gift card is a gesture that we all appreciate and that motivates us to meet our goals.
It's advisable to have a focus meeting with each person at the beginning of December.
This meeting will help to keep everyone focused on their tasks, and therefore, will be possible to keep the road map and reach business goals.
Additionally, these meetings can be used to clearly define tasks before vacations. Decide which tasks should be re-assigned to other people, and which tasks will remain pending until returning from holidays.
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New Year’s Resolutions
The weeks before December 31 are the ideal time to look forward to the year that is about to begin.
Take advantage of these days to explain your employees what are the new projects that will be launched from HR, and what will the goals be for each project in the coming year. Making workers participate in these projects will motivate them to start the year fresh.
On the other hand, in addition to looking forward, it's not a bad idea to look back and review experiences to learn and correct mistakes.
Show how to optimize time
The holidays is a perfect moment to learn how to optimize time. Some tips that you can give to your team:
- Make a list of tasks each day.
- Prioritize the important tasks.
- Keep track of the time you dedicate to each task by applying the Tomato technique. Blocks of 25 minutes of concentrated work and without interruptions, followed by small breaks.
A challenge for Christmas time at work.
5. Flexible schedules and working from home
Allowing for telecommuting and flexible schedules is difficult for companies to implement, but little by little it is becoming a common practice.
This is because many employees have problems to keep up with family commitments (for example, children’s school schedules), with work commitments.
If your company still does not have flexible schedules, Christmas time can be a good moment to relax the rigidity of working hours from 9am to 6pm.
If you want to keep your team happy and motivated during the holidays, and help everyone to optimize their time, offering flexible schedules is a great idea.
The whole month of December we encourage Human Resources departments to apply these 5 key tips to keep your team's productivity up, and close 2017 successfully.
And of course, from Signaturit we also wish for you to enjoy Christmas holidays and to enjoy your time to relax, recharge your batteries and return to 2018 with more motivation and commitment to face the challenges of the new year.
This post is also available in Spanish.