The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for everyone as they try to work, attend holiday get togethers, school plays and events, shop, and deal with out-of-town guests. Business owners as well may feel the crunch of year-end inventories or holiday sales. Finding a solution that meets everyone’s needs can prove challenging, but ultimately well worth the effort.
Flexibility can be a business owners friend around the holidays. How so? By providing your employees with a flexible work schedule, you ultimately increase morale and productivity. A company policy that incorporates flextime to be used for meeting personal needs makes life easier on everyone.
For example, you could adopt a policy that allows employees time off as long as they agreed to make up the time or allow them to take a shorter lunch and bank time to leave earlier on a Friday. There are several other creative approaches that will keep morale up, employees relaxed and productivity high.
If you are concerned about year-end issues or an increased holiday workload, you can hire temporary help, move year-end inventories up a little or when possible, put projects off until after the holidays. You’ll be more relaxed and that can only help reduce everyone’s stress levels throughout your company.« Return to all articles