Motivating employees during the Christmas build up
Recent studies suggest that 1 in 4 employees feel least motivated during the Christmas period compared to any other time of year. This decline in motivation can be due to a number of factors, with employees arriving at work and leaving in the dark, bad weather making their commute or their time out of work a nightmare and the anticipation of the Christmas Holiday being their top priority. For employers, this is an issue that should not go ignored and a positive approach to increasing employee motivation will help to create a more efficient workplace.
In order to have every member of your team on board, you should always be keeping them aware of your business targets, whether they be financial targets or otherwise. It’s important to recognise and/or reward individuals for reaching their personal targets to keep them motivated to achieve them. The importance of your end of year targets should be emphasised. This gives guidance to your employees and motivation to achieve something before they break up or Christmas.
The staff Christmas party offers everyone the chance to let their hair down, have some fun and build on internal relationships. Throwing your Christmas party at the end of December gives everyone something to look forward to, however there are advantages to throwing your party a bit earlier in the month as it makes more of a buzz in the office earlier in the month and also gives colleagues more to talk (and laugh) about in the office after the event.
Buying gifts for your employees is a great way to give them the recognition they deserve. Employees will feel appreciated and feel more motivated to finish the year on a high if they are given an unexpected gifts. At M&S for business we have a variety of gifts ideal for employees, from Christmas hampers, wine, and gift cards.
Rallying employees to decorate the office, exchange Secret Santa gifts and even playing Christmas music in the office can create a festive atmosphere which will lift everyone’s spirits. You don’t want your workplace to distance itself from the Christmas spirit, otherwise employees may lose their positivity that the Christmas period can bring. You might also want to think about Christmas outings at lunch time or after work, such as ice skating or Christmas quizzes in order to lift employees spirits.
It’s important not to ignore the Christmas period as your employees mind state will be changing at this time of year. Use this time to engage your employees and show them that you value their contribution. To find out more about our staff rewards schemes please feel free to get in touch with us today.