It can be challenging to stay focused during the holidays. There’s a lot going on: shopping, entertaining or being entertained, cooking, baking, planning, decorating, traveling … in addition to trying to concentrate on work.

In the midst of it all, how do you keep your employees engaged and productive as the year winds down?

Start by remembering that the holiday season can hold different meanings for different people. Respect everyone’s needs and backgrounds, and build this inclusion into your workplace culture, now and year round. Have special respect for those who may have experienced grief, loss, or other struggles during the past 12 months. From there, craft a plan to observe the holidays in a way that shows how much your employees mean to you and your business.

Recognize successes.

Acknowledge the year’s company, team, and individual employee milestones and achievements. Even simple tactics like personalized thank-you cards, phone calls, and congratulatory emails can go a long way toward keeping satisfaction and engagement levels high.

Give back.

Build camaraderie by offering volunteer opportunities, whether your employees spend a day working at a food pantry, collecting Toys for Tots, or having a clothing drive. There are no greater gifts than one’s time and talent. And of course, your community, as well as your company, benefits.

Promote good health.

Cold, Covid and flu season is upon us. Plus, people can easily become stressed, anxious, or burned out at this time of year. Do whatever it takes to promote people’s health and well-being.

Have fun.

With sensitivity to everyone’s needs and commitments, keep the atmosphere light and multicultural. How about a potluck lunch where everyone contributes dishes reflective of their favorite traditions? Let people celebrate together, despite their differences.

Contact PrideStaff Fresno for additional ideas on building employee recognition and engagement – and building your team through innovative staffing and team development solutions – regardless of the season. And celebrate your holidays safely and well!

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