Here at Aspire Cambridge, we are all about Christmas. Come the 1st of December, our tree is already up and at least one person will be wearing a festive hat. However, with the prospect of a Christmas holiday and the start of the party season, productivity can take a dip. According to a survey undertaken by Sodexo, 28% of employees put this down to winding down for the Christmas break and trying to avoid taking new work.
Christmas, however, is a key time for businesses, especially those in the retail or hospitality sector, so it is important to maintain a level of high productivity and avoid a slump in profits. Luckily, we have put together a list of things that employers can do during this period to manage their staff.
Properly manage annual leave requests
An issue that most presents itself during Christmas is staff using remaining annual leave allowance to take extra days off during the festive period; this could be to visit family abroad or just to get started on some Christmas shopping. The problem this can create is that some co-workers will be refused their own annual leave in order to cover these extra days off. It is important to have a clear set of protocols put in place surrounding approving annual leave (usually a first come, first served basis), making it not only fair to the employees, but easier for staff to manage cover.
Bring the Christmas Cheer!
Get the team motivated with decorations and Christmas classics in the office, to bring the festive feeling into the office. Perhaps create some friendly competition between employees with some festive treats or bonuses for those that hit their December targets – this can help boost productivity and performance. Another great way to spread cheer is allowing flexibility with office hours during this season or agreeing to being able to work from home. This will let employees get their Christmas shopping out of the way and spend some more time with family, reducing the stress that these things ordinarily bring.
Plan, plan and plan some more
It is crucial to ensure that the team knows where they are and how the New Year will start. Planning ahead and giving employees an opportunity to be involved in discussing New Year objectives will give a sense of togetherness and undoubtably boost team morale.
If you need help managing your employee’s productivity during the festive period, contact our team of CIPD accredited HR Professionals today on 01223 855440