Don’t Be a Scrooge: How to Be a Good Boss over the Holiday Season

With the holidays rapidly approaching, a good boss will often worry about how they can strike up the balance between the festive season and work. It is, after all, quite important for the leader (that’s you, boss!) to suitably guide their teams toward their end-year goals. At the same time, it is important to provide the employees with enough leeway so that they can enjoy the holidays.

Why is it important to be a good boss over the holiday?

It’s good that you ask! Employees are the lifeblood of your business. If you want to keep your workforce, it’s important to be a good boss over the holidays! Christmas season is the best time to show your employees that you are not just their boss. You can show them that you’re a living, breathing human who can compromise and appreciate the holidays!

Work/Life balance is quite important. If you end up burning out your employees during this crucial time in the year, you can expect resignations to come in when January starts. No business owner wants that and we don’t want that for you as well. In light of that, we’ll be discussing some ways you can be a good boss over the holidays!

Are you throwing a holiday party? Leave early!

We’re quite serious about it. A good boss will arrive early, mingle, hand out awards, eat, and leave. What’s the logic behind this, you may ask?

No one really wants to hang out with the boss. There is a fine line between being pleasant with the boss and outright brownnosing. When you’re around, your employees will have to be on their best behavior. We don’t think anyone would want to be fired during the holiday party, after all.

Leaving early will help your employees relax and bond together. Think of it this way, you’ve thrown a lovely party for your workforce and now you have the rest of the evening free for whatever you want to do!

Never forget the holiday hampers!

If your company is handing out holiday hampers—and we certainly hope you are—don’t forget to hand them out sometime within the evening of the party. Or better yet, hand them out the day before the party. That way, your employees don’t have anything excessive to carry home. The holiday party is a great time to be a little bit tipsy on company dime.

So be a thoughtful boss and hand out the holiday hampers at the right moment.

Please, don’t hand out work on Christmas Eve/Day

Unless it’s a life or death emergency, do not assign any tasks to be turned in on Christmas Eve or Christmas day itself. Everyone will want to be relax and enjoy their personal festivities; not slaving over the home work station.

If you wouldn’t want to work on the middle of the holidays, why would you subject your employees to that?

By keeping the tips above in mind as the holidays approach, you can build better relationships with your employees and gain the rep of a good boss!…

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Five Simple and Uncomplicated Holiday Games for your Office Party!

Are you throwing a Christmas shindig for your employees? That’s wonderful! Let us be the first to tell you that you’re an amazing boss!

Now on to the topic of the party! You may have the venue, music, and food down to pat—but what about the games? Yes, every party needs games! If you aren’t familiar with Christmas games that aren’t too juvenile, let us help you with that!

Here are some adult Christmas games you can play at your holiday party:

Christmas “Who Has” List

This is one is a great ice breaker for parties! The rules are fairly simple. You provide your employees with a printed worksheet. No, this isn’t more work. What they’ll find is a sort of checklist. For example:

Who has…given out socks as a present?
Who has…consumed more than three glasses of eggnog in one hour?

The employees will need to find someone who fits the description and have that someone sign the item on the list. It’s a great way to form laughs and make employees be honest about their Christmas blurbs! It’s a fairly simple but highly effective manner of getting your employees to interact with one another. You can even turn it into a competition of sorts. The first one to get a complete list full of signatures gets a prize!

What’s that Christmas Carol?

A great way to form bonds between employees is by having them work together. You can have your employees form into different teams. Have a representative step up for every round and have them identify a played Christmas carol. The one who can give the correct answer earns a point for their team.

You can have the winning team win a prize. You can even add a twist by having all the team with the lowest score have to do a consequence!

Build Me a Burger

This requires the involvement of the boss, making it a good way to foster goodwill between the admin and the workforce. Have the employees put labeled post-its on their back. Break them up into teams. On the post-it will be a particular ingredient that would go toward a burger.

The boss then orders a burger from the ‘menu’ (provided for by the host, usually). The employees will need to “build” a burger by sticking the right ingredients together in the proper order.

Some extra tips:

  • Make sure there are equal number of ‘ingredients’ per team
  • Have some blank post-its and a marker handy for “off menu” orders.

Things to remember:

Make the games fun yet tasteful

No one wants to get harassed during a company game. If anyone is clearly uncomfortable, be flexible and let them sit out an event or game.

Don’t forget to give out the holiday hampers!

Trust us when we say that everyone is waiting for the holiday hampers to make an appearance! Before the night ends, be sure that HR dutifully gives out a hamper to all employees (that includes them, too!)

Other than that, make use of the games above and have yourself a fabulous holiday party!…

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Worried About the Holiday Work Slump? Tips on Keeping Productivity Up!

As early as now, it is important to keep a solid eye on the holidays. Specifically, we’re referring to the Christmas holiday season.

It is common knowledge that most employee productivity dips around this time. We understand that while it is important to celebrate the holidays, keeping up productivity is super important as well. In light of that, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to stimulate employee productivity over the holidays!

Make things festive

This means busting out the Christmas décor all over the place! Nothing kills productivity than a dull working area during one of the happiest times of the year! Organize a holiday party and even a Secret Santa gift exchange!

Giving your employees the chance to decorate the office to suit the holidays is a great way to get them involved in the community. Not only do you get employee engagement, you’re also showing them that your company isn’t all business 24/7. Christmas is a very human holiday and letting the employees have a festive environment is a great way to unbutton the top button of the corporate look.

Plan out flexible work hours

One of the best things about the technology we have today is that you can work from anywhere in the world! This means that your employees no longer need to be chained to their desks, so to speak. Instead, they can work remotely—if you let them.

Having a flexible schedule for the holidays is a great way to show your employees that you are willing to compromise. They get to spend more time with their loved ones and you have a workforce that’s recharged and still on call.

Give out a holiday hamper

Was there any doubt that this would be a tip? Our business has proven time and time again that one of the best ways to invigorate employee productivity is through a Christmas basket. Employees feel appreciated and this cultivates a very positive environment.

If your holiday hampers are tasteful and personalized, you can expect a surge of employee loyalty and dedication to future projects.

Be a good example

There is nothing quite like seeing your boss embodying the virtues that he or she expects from their employees. If you will expect your employees to report in for the holidays, you should be there as well. If you aren’t then you can certainly expect a lot of unhappy employees on your hands.

If you allow them to work from home, showing them that you can work from home and still get the job done is a great way to motivate them. If you, the boss, want to recharge—realize that your employees want that as well. Advocating quality down time is a great way to win employee loyalty.

Basically, whatever it is that will stimulate your employee’s productivity over the holidays will start and end with the boss. With the tips above, you never have to worry about your employee’s productivity again!

Be chill and embrace the holidays. Your employees will truly appreciate you and your company a lot more for it.…

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Why Christmas Gift Hampers Are Perfect For The Whole Family

Why Christmas Gift Hampers Are Perfect For The Whole Family

While shopping for presents for the family at Christmas time can be fun and exciting, it can cause headaches too, when you have to try and decide what to get for everyone. Then there’s also the stress that many people go through after Christmas, when they realize that they’ve spent way too much than they intended! So why not cut out all the stress and get started on making up a Christmas hamper for each of the members of your family? They make fantastic personalized gifts, and are real easy on the pocket too!

Mother

For mom you can buy things she loves, like beauty products, costume jewelry, a nice pair of slippers or maybe even a clip for her hair. Add a few of her favorite chocolates, cookies and a bottle of wine or two, and you’ve created a beautiful hamper that she will love, especially since you made it up yourself!

 

Father

If your dad loves fishing, then buy him a nice tackle box that he can use when he next goes out with his buddies to catch some fish. Perhaps you can add a hat or cap of some sorts to protect his head from the sun? Fill the rest of his hamper with tasty treats like cheese, savory crackers, nuts, dried fruit and a couple of beers and he will definitely love your thoughtful Christmas gift!

Teenage daughter

It’s easy to make up a hamper for a teenage daughter. Things like some of her favorite make-up, a really cool t-shirt, a pair of earrings that are the current rage with her friends, are sure to make her screech with delight as she opens her hamper. Since she is probably on a permanent diet during the year, give her a few special treats to eat and enjoy over Christmas too!

Teenage son

Teenage boys have just one thing on their minds – what they can do to attract those girls they’re trying to impress! So, his hamper will need things like hair gel, maybe some aftershave – even if he doesn’t have a beard that needs shaving and a couple of cool t-shirts so that he looks great when he goes out. Add some chocolates to his hamper, some chips and crackers that he fancies, and he will be a completely satisfied teen.

The littlest members of the family

Filling a hamper for school-going girls and boys is easy. They will be thrilled to find that art set, clothes for their favorite doll and scarf and mitten set to keep them warm when they play in the snow! A few brightly-colored candy canes, some chocolates and tickets to see their favorite movie, will have them getting excited already, about what to expect in their hampers next Christmas! Click here for great christmas hampers ideas and find the perfect xmas hamper for your loved ones this year.

Giving a Christmas hamper to each member of the family has a few benefits. Everyone can join in the fun of making them up. Mom and dad can make up the hampers for the kids and the kids can get together and decide what they should include in the hampers they make up for mom and dad. Christmas time is all about family togetherness. What better way to do this, than by getting together to make up hampers for everyone in the family with things that will make them happy? It’s fun, it’s exciting and it won’t stretch your budget to its limits!…

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The Right Tips to Make Tasteful Holiday Hampers

In our years in the biz, the fairly constant questions we’ve received about Holiday Hampers fall under these lines:

  • My employees are mixed in gender
  • Some employees don’t celebrate Christmas
  • Is wine an appropriate part of the holiday hamper

Today, we give you the right tips to making a tasteful holiday hamper.

What is a “tasteful” holiday hamper?

It is a holiday giveaway that isn’t complicated and doesn’t give anyone special treatment. When building a Christmas basket, a good point to remember is to never over think the thing.

When building your holiday hamper remember that:

Less is more

Hampers do not need to be ostentatious. Something simple often does the trick better. When you splurge on the holiday basket, some grumpy employees may wonder if they can just opt for the cash spent on the holiday basket.

Choose genderless products

If you’re thinking of adding makeup to your holiday basket, don’t. Of course, unless if your employee base is 100% female—then by all means, go right ahead!

However, if your employee pool is mixed in gender, it is usually smarter to get things that both sexes can use suitably like food. You can never really go wrong with food.

Avoid culturally insensitive items

Work with HR in finding out what religions are in your employee pool. That way you’ll have a good idea on what is appropriate. If they are only a few, it would only take a few moments to have HR opt out certain items.

The personal touch will certainly not be missed by your employees.

If the work is too much, get help!

If you find that your HR department isn’t as well-versed in the gift-giving as you’d hope, there is no need to fret. Online business like ours are made to help out those who cannot suitably build their holiday hampers.

You can take a page out of our many deals and packages to come up with a tasteful holiday basket to suitably satisfy your employees.

When it comes to holiday hampers, there is no one else who knows the biz like we do.…

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Spend a Little to Earn More: The Magic of the Holiday Hamper

The holiday hamper has made a successful comeback! It was a staple in the early 50s then tapered off. In the recent 80s, it started becoming the norm again. More and more corporate entities are seeing the wisdom behind the Holiday Hamper. Let’s hope that you’re one of them!

What is a holiday hamper?

In the simplest definition, it is a wonderful goodie basket that you give to your employees come the holiday season. You can think of it as an extra Christmas gift for your employees if you want.

If you’re not keen with the idea of spending money on a gift on your employees, let us tickle your brain as to why the holiday hamper has made a comeback.

Benefits of giving a holiday hamper

Employee engagement

One way to hurt your relationship with your employees is by being the entity behind the corporate wall. A great way to break that wall is through a thoughtful holiday hamper. Most employees who work for a company that has a holiday hamper are reportedly happier and are more inclined to stay on.

It doesn’t take a lot to say thank you to your employees. Nothing perks up employees like the knowledge that they are appreciated. When employees feel that they are acknowledged and cared for, they work harder.

In doing so, they spend less time dawdling and spend more time working. This means more revenue for the company.

Corporate practicality

It is without question that when the holiday hamper comprises of edible goodies, it is sure to be used. You’re lessening the waste of unused holiday gifts.

Most holiday hampers can be ordered online. This saves time and if you’re looking at a good website, there will be major deals involved. So not only are you saving time, you’re saving money as well.

So in truth, you spend a little to gain more in return

By creating and giving away holiday hampers to your employees, you’re killing several birds with one stone. Not only do you cultivate a happy workforce, build a positive company image, but you also save time and money.…

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The Thoughtful Hamper: Adding Wow to Your Employees’ Holiday!

Even as early as now, smart employers will try to learn from the previous Christmas holiday. A review of the previous year’s holiday hamper giveaway should be done.

Is a Holiday Hamper truly necessary?

In the years we’ve spent in the business, we’ve come to truly realize how important the holiday hamper is. It’s a great way to show your hardworking employees that you care beyond paying them every payday or giving them sick leaves.

This little show of effort is a great way to cultivate a positive air in your office. Building the annual Christmas Hamper can be quite challenging. There is a delicate balance that needs to be struck. Employers cannot put things willy-nilly in the holiday giveaway basket. Getting something that screams “fresh off the shelf” can counter the goodwill that you’re trying to foster.

What should go into a Holiday Hamper?

The Holiday hamper doesn’t have to be expensive. They don’t even have to be big. In fact, the best hampers are those that employees can find within their price range. This means that this is something that they can replicate. If they like it, they can create something like it and share it with their own network outside of work.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best picks for any Holiday Hamper:

Crackers

You can’t really go wrong with crackers. They don’t spoil fast and there are a variety of them available in the market. You can even support local gourmets and buy artisanal crackers and cookies. Not only are you giving your employees a special treat, you’re also supporting the local industry.

Chocolates

Is any Christmas ever complete without chocolates? The holidays are practically made to imbibe in the best sweets that the world has to offer. The best thing about the holidays is that chocolates go on sale. So putting some of the staples like M&Ms is more than enough to bring a smile to an employee’s face.

If you simply cannot come up with a good basket for your company, you can make use of online stores who come with holiday hamper options for you.…

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