We all know keeping a business afloat around the holidays is stressful for everyone. Here are some ways to reduce it.
Lift the Mood
Do you suffer from the holiday blues? If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans experience sadness and stress during the winter season. According to the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season. Lack of time, financial pressure, gift-giving, and family gatherings are often the culprits behind holiday stress. You can make a difference, though. This year, aim to uplift spirits! Whether you’re cheering up your employees or customers, your energy can be contagious. That energy helps everyone — including you — prepare for the holiday hustle and bustle in a positive way.
Host a big holiday party and invite your employees to have a night of fun. Plan a budget, select a venue and food, and make a memorable night. Hire a DJ and enjoy a night of dancing. Your company could incorporate employee recognition awards during this party and have drawings. Give them an opportunity to relax and have fun in a no-pressure environment with the added promise of winning something for themselves or something they could re-gift.
An early gift to your employees this year could be offering one extra day off leading up to the holidays. They can use it to attend to personal needs, gift shopping, family demands, or down-time to regroup, whatever they need. Be the business that positively provides time and space for employees suffering from mental health during the holiday season. One mandatory day off can make all the difference in employee stress levels.
Manage Expectations and Prepare Early
It’s important to be realistic about the expectations you have for your team, and your clients, during the holidays. First, pay attention to the deadlines that you set during this busy time. Wherever possible, shift less urgent projects to after the new year. Also, plan for staffing needs; not everyone will be able to take the same days off. Try to work out a schedule that is fair and balanced for everyone. For example, you could give employees who must work on a holiday an extra day off in compensation. Or, provide cakes, lunch, or dinner to make the workday feel special.
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