This time of year its easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of the holiday. We all do it. Whether it is give aways, discounts, office christmas parties, bonuses, or just long hours to try and close out the year on a hight note. The question in, what do our company traditions do to benefit, or breakdown our employees.
The Company Christmas Party: This is a good place to start. Everyone likes a well thought out get together that makes them feel acknowledged and appreciated right? The answer is yes! So a word to the wise, make sure when you throw this little shin dig that it does just that. An office Christmas Party that is centered solely around the accomplishments of the company and doesn't knowledge or appreciate the employees that helped to make the year so great is a disaster waiting to happen. Keep it light, un- intimidating, and employee focused. If you have had success show the people who got you there some appreciation. As a final tip, make sure you plan well. Even with good intentions if there is poor planning it can turn out like the cast in Office Christmas Party the movie
Bonuses: Are bonuses a thing of the past? Remember Clark Griswald counting on his and spending it before he even got it? Bonuses are more than appropriate, but there are 2 key things to think about.
1) Under promise and over deliver.... If your company does not have the money to pay out big bonuses, do not give the impression that people are going to get big bonuses. This may seem fairly obvious, but a lot of times we get caught up in the hype of hitting numbers and encouraging people to try their hardest that we promise things that are un realistic.
2) A bonus does not have to be a check. There are so many ways to give a bonus to a hard working employee during the holidays. A well thought out gift that lets them know you know them by name and who they are. Make them feel like they are not just a number. This season is a time to be with family, One of the best bonuses I ever got from a company was an extra 2 days off following Christmas to spend with my family.
Over all culture : In conclusion, enjoy the holidays with your employees. If you are like us, you have worked your tails off to have a successful year. Loosen up the rules a little, laugh a little more, joke a little more, and include everyone in the holiday joy. We work so that we can enjoy the life we are given. If there is one time of the year that we can lighten up a little and enjoy the hard work we have put in, its Christmas time. One last piece of advice is to find a worthwhile cause that you and your employees can become involved in during the holidays. The team unity it will build while you serve and think of others will generate a greater amount of loyalty and hard work for years to come. May you, your employees, and your families have a blessed and happy Holiday season.
- The Revenue Hub Team