While the holidays are a time for fun and festivities, they can also be the cause of a lot of employee stress. When you consider the fact that many companies experience increased consumer demand, employees have personal obligations and many people are traveling, the holidays can have some unsavory side effects. Let’s discuss three tips for de-stressing your staff during the holiday season while simultaneously improving morale and productivity.
1) Hire Temporary Help
One of the biggest causes of stress stems from keeping up with demand during this time of year. In many industries, there is a seasonal spike, which can put a strain on your workforce. Couple this with many people needing time off to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, and it can create some serious problems where you may simply not have enough manpower to keep up with everything.
If you find yourself in this type of situation, you can alleviate employee stress by hiring temporary workers to help you ride out the holidays until the New Year. For instance, you might bring on a handful of additional employees from late November until early January until the dust settles. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to do, and a staffing agency can work with you to come up with the right solution.
2) Offer Flexible Scheduling
Each employee will have their own agenda during the holidays, and you can bet that many would like some time off to celebrate. That’s why it’s ideal if you can provide flexible scheduling so individuals can ask off in advance without bringing operations to a screeching halt. While this could cause disruptions under normal circumstances, having temporary workers on standby should keep things running smoothly with minimal setbacks. And when you consider the morale boost/increased productivity that can result from flexible scheduling, it could be well worth the effort to explore your options.
3) Keep Holiday Events to a Minimum
Although the holidays are a festive time of year where parties and get-togethers are commonplace, you may end up overwhelming your employees if you overdo it with events. That’s why it’s usually best to try to stick to just one event and try to hold it during business hours if possible. This way, everyone can have fun, but your workers won’t get stressed by attending workplace holiday events on top of ones outside of work.
By taking the right approach to the holidays and planning in advance, you can make this season a relatively stress-free one for your employees. In turn, you can maintain operations as usual without all of the complications normally brought on by the holidays.