With the holiday season upon us, there are a few things to take into consideration when trying to figure out the work/life balance of your nonprofit’s staff. Though your employees’ focus may get a little shaky throughout the holidays, micro-management is not the answer to keep everyone on task. In fact, doing so can actually back-fire, potentially creating internal resentment and hostility.
A better solution is to develop a work environment of choice by being flexible—not only allowing but also encouraging holiday activities.
Here are 4 methods to keep your employees engaged for the remainder of the holiday season:
- Inject the holiday spirit into the workplace and make time to celebrate! Every organization needs to assess what’s right for its particular culture, workforce, and budget. So whether you’re creating a festive atmosphere by decorating, hosting an office gift exchange, having a cookie swap or office potluck, work will no longer be associated with a scrooge-like atmosphere.
- Acknowledge your team’s contribution and thank them for a year of excellent effort. There’s never a bad time to say “thanks” but doing so during the holiday season provides some much needed additional cheer, especially considering that stress levels are often at their peak.
- Be flexible with schedules during the month of December, as this will really ease the stress of your staff. A lot of employees will likely be requesting time off and while you want to ensure the business doesn’t suffer during that time, you also want to ensure your staff’s general happiness. It can make a bigger impact than you might think and will leave employees feeling especially grateful.
- Engage your team in a charity event—giving back to the community is always rewarding and volunteering together can be a great team-building activity. Nowadays many people do their shopping online, which has inevitably led to an increase in shopping during the workday. Though many employers frown upon this, as employees are being productive, allowing some leeway in this area will actually earn appreciation and increase their desire to work hard.
Remember, it’s the little things that count. The end of the year is a busy season for many businesses, and you’re asking your employees to balance work, family, and other obligations. Keep your team productive during this time by proactively working out schedules, being clear about expectations through open communication and taking a little time to celebrate and enjoy one another!