Creating a productive office environment for the holiday season can be challenging. Your employees likely are more interested in their holiday planning and events than in working.
Although you should allow time for holiday banter, you also need to maintain productivity to keep projects on schedule. These methods can help.
Choose among these strategies to create a productive office environment for the holiday season.
Monitor Requests for Time Off
Clarify your guidelines and procedures for requesting time off. Include how many employees can be off each day and other relevant details.
Share your holiday time off policy, so your employees thoroughly understand and adhere to it. Then, your employees can focus on their work and maintain productivity.
Consider using a shared calendar to show which employees have off on certain days. Having a visual representation clarifies whether an employee can request off for a specific date.
Offer a Flexible Schedule
Let your employees set their work hours. Your employees can come in early and leave early to attend to holiday shopping, decorating, baking, parties, school events, family gatherings, and other personal needs.
Offering flexible work hours helps reduce holiday-related stress and anxiety. The results include less absenteeism and reduced odds of employee burnout.
Implement Communication Tools
Consider using a shared digital calendar to help your employees plan and communicate their availability with colleagues. Knowing your team’s work hours helps schedule meetings and collaborate on projects.
Provide videoconferencing and other communication tools for your employees to regularly check in with each other and you. You can answer questions, address concerns, and ensure your employees are finishing their tasks by the deadlines.
Conduct Team Meetings
Hold team meetings to discuss deliverables. Sharing relevant information helps keep your employees informed about expectations, deadlines, and measurements of success.
For instance, consider meeting on Monday morning to discuss what must be completed during the week, who is accountable, and the deadlines. Also, document the topics and decisions to share with your team and refer to them as needed.
Partner with a Staffing Firm
Work with a local staffing firm that specializes in your industry. The firm can provide temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire solutions to fill your short- and long-term staffing needs.
For instance, you can add temporary workers to your team to fill in for employees who are on vacation, taking leave, home due to illness, or unexpectedly absent. You also can hire temporary workers to help with the increased workload. Plus, you can hire temporary-to-hire workers who have hard-to-find skills to work on specialized projects for increased revenue.
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