‘Tis the season to be jolly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be productive too
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – a time when workers across the country are looking forward to a well-deserved break.
But as we get deeper into December, it’s not uncommon for some employees to start switching off early. And while this is understandable, December has its own set of deadlines and tasks that need to be met, just like any other month of the year. In fact, sometimes the pressure is even greater at this time of year, due to the final week of the month being an important in-between week despite being peppered with bank holidays. In the world of retail particularly, having an active presence over the festive season can both finish off a year strongly and set up a strong new year.
So, let’s take a closer look at some of the steps you can take to boost productivity and keep your staff motivated right up until the moment they sign off for the year. Here are five ways to maintain motivation during December.
Offer rewards when targets are met
It may be that your team just needs a little extra incentive to work hard this month. In which case, coming up with some desirable rewards can have huge benefits. Seeing as everyone is keen to finish for Christmas as soon as possible, why not offer extra holiday time and early finishes to employees who hit their targets swiftly?
This is a great short-term tactic to see you through the month, ensuring that your team are working hard to meet the necessary requirements for leaving that little bit earlier.
Incite a little healthy competition
It may be the season of good will, but people still love to win. A good competition can work wonders for workplace motivation. Depending on what it is your company does, you can provide prizes for different categories like “most targets met”, “most satisfied clients” or “highest number of reports completed”. What you offer is up to you, although cash prizes are always well-received in December when people tend to spend a lot. Alternatively, a festive hamper or vouchers could work well.
Let your staff blow off steam
Keeping up staff morale in December is key to keeping up motivation too. A festive night out is a great way to bring your team closer together while also allowing you all to blow off some steam. This will help make your workplace feel like it’s getting into the festive spirit without sacrificing the productivity of working hours. The Christmas Party is a staple of any office, so make sure your team don’t feel like they’re missing out.
Be creative and think outside the box
Set your employees goals and give them as much incentive as possible to achieve them. These could be daily rewards, weekly wins or even your own office advent calendar where the employee who most exceeds their targets wins a tempting prize like extra holiday. This works best when you plan ahead, so why not get an early start in planning December in your office next year?
Provide your staff with flexibility
Between family gatherings, social commitments, parties, shopping and prep, there is no getting around the fact that people are busy in December. Giving your team the option to work remotely more often during the festive season can show them that you care about their work–life balance, removing commutes and lessening the blow of 40-hour weeks in the run-up to Christmas.
Of course, how applicable this is to your business depends largely on the kind of work you do, but if you can offer it, remote working is a great way to keep motivation high.
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