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With the holiday season officially in full swing, you may be looking for ways to bring the holiday spirit into the workplace, and at the same time support your employees during this busy and at times stressful time of the year.
We’ve pulled together a list of some simple things you can do to foster this holiday spirit and culture at your workplace, so feel free to pick any that you’d like . . . consider it my holiday gift to you!
Flexible working has many benefits to companies and employees throughout the year, but even more so during the holiday season. Your employees are faced with the challenge of time — time to buy all their gifts, prepare their food, and let’s not forget going to all of the holiday parties. So why not give them the ‘gift of time’ and bring a bit of flexibility into the workplace? Can they work a different shift so they can see their children in the holiday concert, get to the shops early or stay at home baking cookies? Work with your managers to give their teams more flexibility to work different shifts or patterns to accommodate their needs. It helps them and will also help your business as it not only shows your employees that you care, but will better the chances that they’ll be more productive and focussed when they are at work. (We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of flexible working before.)
A big part of the holiday season is celebration, so why not bring this into the workplace? There’s lots of ways to celebrate with a festive atmosphere, but here are just a few to get you started:
Who doesn’t love saving money, especially at this costly time of year? If you have an employee discount programme in place, get out there and remind your employees to use it to help them save money. Remind them how helpful it can be by making savings both online and in shops, so however they like to shop. If you don’t a have a discount benefit, then you can still help your employees by giving them tips on how to save some money by shopping smart.
Studies have shown that giving thanks and expressing gratitude can make someone happier and more productive. This is important throughout the year, but during the holiday season it can be that much more special for these two reasons:
When it comes to thanks, or recognition as we call it in the HR profession, there are many ways to do it — from a simple informal thank you, to peer-to-peer e-cards, to formal recognition programmes. Try to build on your existing program but also find ways to add a special holiday twist. For example, at Reward Gateway we create a special e-card just for the holiday season so you can send something a bit different. (Check out our Thanksgiving one, below.)
So far I’ve talked about what you can give your employees, but my last tip is something your employees can give. As we know, the holiday season is about helping others, so why not bring this into the workplace? Here are two ways you and your employees can do this:
So try out one or more of these ideas in your workplace over the next few weeks. They’ll give you a great opportunity to engage with your employees, showing them you care about them, their families and the wider community. I’m confident they’ll make a difference. We like to share our own festive spirit and office fun using the hashtag #RGFun on Twitter and Instagram, so please let us know what you’re up to, and we’ll be sure to share it.
Debra is our Group Reward Director at Reward Gateway. She's our Rewards guru, having over 20 years experience as a rewards leader, speaker, teacher and an author of a book on employee communications. She's most recently known as the co-author of "The Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement," which she's writing with Founder Glenn Elliott.