4 Tips to Keep your Team Productive During the Upcoming Holidays

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The upcoming holiday season brings with it numerous challenges to workplaces everywhere, such as the upcoming school breaks, which herald more families travelling. It’s that time of the year when concerns such as “Where to travel to?”, “Where are we going to hold our Christmas Party?” or “What kind of gift will my colleagues appreciate?” become part of the office agenda. But the most important workplace challenge during the holidays is this: How can we stay productive and still meet our deliverables amidst all the festivities?

Not being able to answer this need may mean losses in revenue but what can managers do to keep the team’s momentum when the year winds down?


A few tips below:

1. Maintain the season’s festive mood

  • Always keep in mind this office management trade secret: A happy worker is a productive worker.
  • People are in a more festive mood during Holiday Season, so don’t fight it and instead encourage it.
  • Keeping a happy and light work atmosphere does wonders to the self-esteem of workers, thus making them more motivated to do their jobs. Don’t be the Scrooge that dampens their holiday spirits. Instead, uplift them and show them you are one with them in celebration. You’ll soon find your employees more than willing to do their jobs and maybe even go the extra mile to do them.


2. Prioritise and strategise

  • Knowing that upcoming days-off work are upcoming during this period makes the following actions a necessity.
  • First, find out which tasks need the most immediate attention and make them the priority. Those that can be postponed until after the holiday season should be left as such.
  • Next, set clear goals and deadlines for these activities to ensure everyone can focus on his or her responsibilities – but do take into account the available workdays left in the month as well as the pre-scheduled leaves of the employees. Stress the importance of meeting the targets and keep everyone on the loop to help team members stay productive.


3. Reward accomplishments

  • The joyful mood of the season makes this the best time to celebrate everything that the team has accomplished for the year.
  • Recognising your employees’ hard work will put everyone in a good mood and is a great motivator for them to do even better in their respective tasks. Treating your team doesn’t even require you to spend that much – a simple token of appreciation to celebrate a job well done is sometimes all it takes to put a smile on a worker’s face. For bigger accomplishments, you can treat your team to food and drinks at a restaurant – just remember to make this treat extra special so they’ll feel appreciated and rewarded for their efforts.


4. Reach out and get in touch with each other

  • Encourage openness and communication within the team to see if everyone is on the same page.
  • Perhaps one or two members are having a hard time achieving their targets – by getting everyone to voice out his or her concerns the team can work out a plan to meet the goal without leaving anyone behind. Be approachable towards your employees and help them see that you are ready and willing to listen to their needs. Scheduling a weekly catch-up session can help maintain the team’s productivity throughout the season.

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