For business during holiday seasons is all about making big sales to sustain them throughout the rest of the year.
However, combine the pressures of meeting end-of-year work objectives with the whirlwind of activity during the holidays, it’s easy to understand how people can feel burnt out.
While workplaces must be productive during this time to process increased demand, the end of the year is also filled with holidays and their social and cultural demands. Moreover, this season, holiday stress at work is exacerbated even more by the coronavirus pandemic. If not managed properly, the stress of the holiday season can take the joy out of the season.
There are many ways to help your employees stay focused and feel supported during this hectic season. Here are some helpful holiday stress tips you can pass on to your team to help them not just survive, but thrive, this holiday season.
Get the best returns from a workday by prioritizing your to-do list according to importance and urgency. Time is crucial especially when your mind is partially focused on celebrations. So, organize and complete the most pressing tasks first and then go on to the next.
Tick off tasks as they are done. You could try scheduling ‘time blocks’ for each task, such that you do not get overwhelmed and demotivated by the sheer amount of work you have.
Show them some love with ‘Thank You’ notes
Employees are already buried under a heap of files, expressing your love and affection will lift their spirits. Showing appreciation towards their efforts and hard work can actually drive your financial returns under the roof. Around 58% of workers feel they aren’t being valued at work and require immediate recognition for their accomplishments.
Protect personal time
Why not offer one extra day off leading up to the holidays for employees to attend to personal needs like gift shopping, family demands, or downtime to regroup — whatever they need. One mandatory day off can make all the difference in employee stress levels. These small but much-appreciated gestures increase loyalty and gratitude on your staff and offer long-term payoffs.
Why does this matter? Research has proven that grateful staff is more engaged, community-minded, and happier at work.
Encourage your employees to get moving
Introduce restorative breaks during the workday for meditation, walking, yoga, or other physical activity. The endorphins released by exercise are great stress busters. Pay for apps or streaming services that offer workouts they can do while working from home.
Be flexible on scheduling
Everyone has a lot going on. Give your employees a couple of hours off if they need to take a sick child to the doctor, finish their holiday shopping, or pick up their parents at the airport. This restores some work/life balance and reduces the stress of trying to juggle it all. Alternatively, give everyone on your team a half-day off to complete their holiday to-do list.
How to help them make the most of their time:
- Adapt to their schedule in a way that best fits their family needs
- Encourage them to pursue passions outside of work
- Give them a sense of autonomy
December usually has fewer working days and more holidays due to Christmas and the New Year. It means that employees have less time to do their weekly and monthly tasks. As an employer, it becomes your duty to delegate work in such a manner that no one is too occupied with their tasks even during the holiday season.
How to manage work:
- Plan ahead and distribute work strategically
- Stay ahead of your schedule
- Keep it light
- Employ a task management tool for better planning
As discussed above, it’s quite natural to feel stressed due to the extra work that comes during the holiday season. Employers can reduce this stress with the above tips so that they can enjoy and make merry this festive season.
Helping them manage their schedules and workload with open communication channels can go a long way towards reducing holiday stress in the workplace. Such actions will not increase employee happiness index but will also sustain their productivity and keep them happy at work.