In the workplace, however, all of the festivity can sometimes come at the price of productivity. Employees who get too caught up in the trappings of the holiday season – buying presents, planning family vacations, debating what they’re going to wear to the office holiday party, etc. – can sometimes get behind on their job duties.
Parade magazine offers these tips managers can use to make this holiday season a productive one without being labeled the “office Grinch”:
One of the most important parts of a holiday celebration is spending time with family and friends. Providing an opportunity for your employees to spend some quality time together outside of work is a great way to increase engagement. There are a lot of different options for businesses to choose from when it comes to planning an office holiday party: a black-tie party with dinner and dancing, a family-style potluck lunch, a fun white elephant gift exchange, dinner at a great restaurant, etc. If you’re not sure what type of event your employees would like to participate in, consider asking them by sending out a quick survey.
Giving your team permission to decorate their desks fosters opportunities for creativity and conversation amongst your workforce. Just make sure to remind everyone to keep decorations office-appropriate and to check with their coworkers before decorating shared workspaces. The Society for Human Resource Management provides a sample office decorations policy companies can use as a guideline, if needed.
The holidays are all about being charitable, so why not give your employees the chance to do some good in their local community? If your company encourages philanthropy or community involvement, consider organizing a time for your team to meet and volunteer at a local non-profit organization, either during or outside of work hours. Other ideas include organizing a fundraiser benefiting a cause chosen by your employees, or participating in a toy or food drive.
Even if you’re not personally a particularly festive guy or gal, providing opportunities or outlets for your employees to celebrate the holidays in a way that doesn’t totally distract them from their job duties can really help bolster employee engagement efforts.