Employers have reported workplace productivity actually dips 62 percent during the holidays. It’s no secret that performance at work starts to decrease during the holiday season. Regardless of your holiday traditions there are multitudes of things that are distracting us during this time of year. Whether it be worrying about affording all the gifts that you purchase, your in-laws visiting for a the week, or simply the overall spirit of the season.
Jobs.com reports the main causes of employee distraction come from interruption of workflow (70%), holiday distractions such as gift-giving and parties (48%), and employees taking additional holiday vacation time (45%). Instead of being a Scrooge this holiday season, implement some fun, effective strategies that will keep performance high and employee moral sharp.
Five Ways to Boost Employee Performance
Integrate breaks into your daily schedule. Yes, most of your employees take breaks throughout the day anyway — whether it’s a cigarette break, lunch break, or otherwise. But by integrating breaks into your business’ daily schedule, it forces your employees to truly take a step back from work and regroup. Long hours don’t always mean good work, especially if your employees are disengaged and distracted. Try having a few 15-minute breaks a day. Implementing these breaks allows employees to communicate with each other away from work speak.
Encourage employees to use some of their earned vacation and personal time. Many of your employees likely have a lot of vacation time or sick leave built up over the year that they need to use. Encourage your employees to take a few days off to enjoy time with their friends and family instead of being paid out at the end of the year.
Adjust goals and create holiday incentives. Because employee productivity does decrease during the holidays, it’s time to adjust your goals and expectations slightly. Once you’ve done this, make sure your team is aware of these new goals and provide some incentives to get started. Offer incentives like a two-hour lunch, an additional paid vacation day, a work-from-home day, or an online shopping power hour if your goals are met. These little fun activities cost the company little compared to having disengaged and distracted employees.
Prioritize your to-do list for your employees. A distracted workforce is often not an organized or prioritized workforce. So do it for them. Send them an email of the tasks or projects that need completed by the end of the month in order of importance. This may sound like a basic and easy thing to do, but if your employees aren’t doing it themselves, this is a simple strategy to ensure they complete the appropriate tasks on time. Make sure to stray away from to much micro-managing as it can be taken in a negative light.
Give into the holiday spirit and have some fun! Sometimes it’s just better to give in to the holiday spirit. While holiday parties and gift-giving did cause 70 percent of employee distraction during the holidays, a well-planned holiday party or gift-exchange will dilute much of this distraction despite the naysayers.
Having a company sponsored holiday party or lunch usually gives employees time to disengage from work in a healthy manner instead of being distracted the entire month. Make sure to keep employee moral high during this time of the year.
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Article by Heather Huhman
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.
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