As one of Spokane, Washington’s top staffing firms, we know that the middle of the holiday season is probably one of the least productive times for many companies. Employees have their minds elsewhere – on parties, gifts, visiting family members, vacation plans – and are probably pretty distracted.
But the week doesn’t have to be a total wash. You can get work done if you take the right approach. Here’s how:
Set a good example.
If you want your employees to actually get stuff done, then you have to do the same. You’re the manager, after all, and your employees will follow your lead. So if you take extra long lunches and leave early everyday, expect your employees to want to do the same.
That said, understand that employees minds are elsewhere this week and that they may have a lot of family obligations to attend to. So be more flexible. For instance, close the office at 3 pm, rather than 5 pm each day.
Set goals and offer rewards.
Set specific goals for your employees and offer a reward for achieving those goals. For instance, if they get X, Y and Z done, they can have a ½ day on Friday.
Get the “housework” done.
Use the week to have your employees get the less important, but still necessary, tasks done, like cleaning out file cabinets, purging email inboxes, and tidying up workspaces.
Don’t start important new projects.
The week when half the staff is gone is not the time to be starting new and important projects. Instead, wait until after the New Year, when your company is fully staffed.
As one of Spokane, Washington’s top staffing firms, we know you need to face the fact that the holidays probably won’t be your company’s most productive time. But if you expect that each year, and follow the steps above, you can still get work done without feeling like a complete Scrooge.