So it turns out the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year might not be wonderful for everyone working over the festive season.
Many workers carry a much higher workload over the festive season but aren’t always recognised for this. Delivery workers, for example, deliver every letter to Santa, every Christmas card and every gift no matter how stressful it may be. This is the same for those who work overtime in the office to ensure they reach that ‘crucial deadline’ before Christmas – juggling work with social commitments, gift buying and spending time with family can leave people feeling stressed over the festive season.
There are many ways employers can care for their employees during the festive season:
Employee recognition is just as important as a bonus or gift as it allows employees to understand their extra hard work is appreciated. This can boost office morale and increase productivity. Take the time to say thank you or even show employees that you have recognised their hard work.
For some, Christmas can be a difficult time – they may have lost loved ones or they could be dealing with other personal issues. For those with social anxiety, Christmas can be the hardest time of the year as there is a general expectation to be happy and sociable. Show employees that you are available to discuss anything. Almost one third of UK employees do not feel comfortable talking to their manager about mental health problems, as they are afraid of judgment. Raise awareness in the office of charities such as The Samaritans, Cruse Bereavement Care or Mind who can offer anonymous impartial support or a friendly ear in times of need.
Create a peaceful working environment
Over the festive period, ensure your staff feel as calm as Santa on the 26th December. Allow employees time away from desks to clear their heads and step away from work mode. Even decorating the office can make staff feel more festive and therefore less stressed.
Flexible working hours
Although work can be a little busier at this time of year, staff may get more done in the comfort of their own homes or working their preferred hours to enable them to see their children star in nativities or avoid the rush when doing their Christmas shopping. Compromising with your employees will ensure everyone is happy and work still gets done.
Treat your employees
Small gestures can be a great way of showing workers you value them. Consider away days or office massages, perhaps as a relaxing alternative to a boozy party.
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