HRM BLOG – HR Advice
“It’s the most wine-derful time of the year.”
As we edge closer to the end of the year, our thoughts turn to Christmas and the end of year parties and events that we will be attending.
If you are an employer, you may have already arranged your end of year celebrations, or be in the process of organising it.
However, the end of the year is not necessarily a time where business slows down for everyone, and if yours is a business that gets busy during this time of year, you need your people on board more than ever. But, how do you keep them motivated when others are starting to kick back for the festive season?
- Maybe now isn’t the time for a Christmas Party, perhaps it is a New Year celebration for getting through the madness, or perhaps a Christmas in July celebration will work better for your business;
- Do small things each day to keep the team energized, provide morning tea or some Christmas treats, have a Christmas themed dress day, put up some decorations; and
- Start the leave planning process for next year, so that people can be focused on their next break.
Business shut down? Consider these tips:
- If you have a shutdown period, ensure staff are aware of this in advance and that leave arrangements have been discussed. As much as most look forward to a break, if they don’t have enough leave to be paid, the break may not be welcomed. Perhaps they can work some extra hours now to cover that leave;
- Rotate the opportunity for staff to have an hour off on one day to finish their Christmas shopping;
- Involve staff in planning for a Christmas event or party.
- Look at a casual dress code for those few days leading up to Christmas, put up some decorations, encourage staff to bring in some Christmas treats to share; and
- If you are having a Christmas party, remember that you remain liable for the health and safety of staff and also need to investigate any claims or incidents. We have produced a Fact Sheet with further information that may help you prepare for your Christmas party.
It is important, whatever the pace of the business at this time, that staff feel valued and there are opportunities to celebrate, so lead from the top and generate a work environment that motivates and excites your staff during this time.
Written by Nickie Kemp