DALLAS November 30, 2017
The holiday season, positive vibes and fun events go hand-in-hand. However, it can also be a time when employees may be anticipating festivities, vacations, or holiday shopping and find themselves distracted at work. Business leaders will need to find ways to keep employees motivated in the final weeks of the year, so as not to let several weeks pass by with only a fraction of the normal productivity. Yet morale can also take a hit if the pressure is significantly raised. Finding a balance is key.
David Kiger, Founder and Executive Chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express and a major investor and strategic advisor for a diverse portfolio of ventures including Alef Mobitech, Exos Transport Group and beGlammed, highlights seven ways CEOs can keep their employees motivated throughout the holidays.
Let them experiment
“If business experiences naturally slowdown in the last few weeks of the year, it could be a time to allow employees to work on something outside of the norm.” Kiger suggests. “Whether it’s a pet project or some sort of training exercise, adding an entertaining element to it can help the motivation factor.”
“The rush of getting projects done before the year ends, along with the general chaos of the holiday season, can distract business leaders from a major opportunity to show their appreciation for their employees.” Kiger says. “The perfect time to recognize your employees is near the holidays.”
Be mindful of work-life balance
“Here’s something that many professionals struggle with at any time of the year. When you factor in the family time that is a significant part of the holiday season, achieving this balance can be a major challenge.” Kiger suggests setting realistic expectations, keeping employees family and travel plans in mind.
Refocus on health
“With the weather getting colder and holiday events featuring an abundance of food and drink, personal health can take a back seat in December,” Kiger says. “A fun way to keep it in focus — because healthy employees can be happier and more productive — is to incorporate it into the year-end festivities.”
“Some businesses that aren’t at peak activity level in December may have to brace for a slowdown. But there are still ways to make the office hours worthwhile.” says Kiger. “Embrace the fact that year-end is generally unproductive the last few weeks, so plan for it.”
“Though schedules may be rigid throughout the year, it can be smart for CEOs to build in some wiggle room in December.” Kiger suggests “For those in office settings, allowing some working-from-home time may be beneficial.”
“It may sound obvious, but allowing for some fun in the office can help the good vibes flow through the year’s end,” says Kiger. “An evening holiday party may work for some businesses, but it can be wise to aim for a luncheon or other event during office hours, so that it’s not adding to the already-packed schedules that employees may face during December.”
About David Kiger
David Kiger, Founder and Executive Chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express, is a major investor and strategic advisor for a diverse portfolio of ventures including Alef Mobitech, Exos Transport Group and beGlammed. Kiger offers advice to entrepreneurs through his blogs on leadership and helping socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidKiger
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