The holiday season can be a very important time to boost morale in the office and motivate your staff. A study by The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) surveyed 1,000 workers and managers and found that 37% of staff are considering leaving their job positions in the new year. That December/January season is a crucial time for employees who start to reflect on the year ahead and consider their options.
But having staff leave your business can be very expensive indeed. Finding new employees requires time, fees to recruitment agencies and training the person to do the job of their predecessor. So after speaking to my client this week, Xexec, who specialise in employee discounts, I was able to get some great ideas on motivating staff over the Christmas period. They explained to me how this holiday season is crucial and you have to make the most of it.
Creating a Festive Environment
You need to make the office more Christmassy. Regardless of religions in the office, Christmas is a universal celebration and things like tinsel, Christmas trees and advent calendars instantly make the place more fun to be in. This is important as you want people to finish the year on a high.
Other ways to be festive include picking a day to wear Christmas jumpers or playing secret santa in the office where everyone draws another staff member's name out of a hat and have to get them a special gift with a limit of £5. It creates fun, humour and builds relationships.
You have to throw a Christmas party for the office, whether its a nice lunch or dinner and it should be something well above average. Sipping mulled wine, wearing Christmas hats and pulling crackers are an essential part of it. It is a great opportunity to spoil staff and reflect on the year. It is a good idea for managers to give out awards to staff who have had a good year and include some fun prizes too like 'worse dressed.' It is about embracing the fun parts about work and this make employees feel like they are part of something more than a 9 to 5.
Staff will always feel appreciated with a bonus at the end of the year. The study by the ILM showed that around 50% of people looking to leave work are looking for more pay - but having a bonus of 10% or an extra month's salary is recommended to make workers feel more valued and may cause them to resist moving because they appreciate by the bonus.
If you cannot afford to give a bonus, employees always respond well to extra leave, particularly around the holiday period. By employees feeling that they have a work life balance, they are more likely to be happy with their work and more likely to stay.
The holiday season is in full swing - are you doing enough to motivate your staff?
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