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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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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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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