As the year draws to a close, many of us tend to have a bit of a short fuse as we deal with holidays, relatives, and constant bombardment by every retailer out there…and that short fuse sometimes makes its way into work as well. So what can you do as a manager to keep your employees’ spirits (pun slightly intended) up and stress levels down?
Knowing you’re already dealing with potentially stressed employees, avoid doing things that will add more stress to the job (and, ultimately, yourself as well) – employees worn to the breaking point will mean more frustration for you.
- Don’t make any unexpected or overarching procedural changes: At this point in the year, many employees are just managing the work they already have.
- In a similar vein, don’t make this the time when you announce new career-related expenses (coffee will now cost 50 cents a cup, extra utility fee for radios/fans/lamps, etc.).
- Evaluate annual performance based on the whole year, not just the year-end results. Bear in mind this is a distracted time of year.
On the other side of the coin, engaging in certain practices over the holiday season can help relieve stress for everyone.
- Planning accordingly and having appropriate coverage for time when employees are out of the office will help to reduce stress and increase overall job satisfaction.
- Slow time in the office can be a good time for team building exercises; something low-key that gets people away from their desks and even out of the office to do something fun or rewarding – considering the holidays are a prime time for thinking of others, you may find a charity or event that brings your staff together while spreading cheer for others.
- Offer a place for stressed-out employees to find some peace and quiet, possibly a break room with free coffee, tea and water.
- If you notice workers feeling extremely stressed over large workloads, acknowledge their pressure and consider bringing in some temporary staff to take that pressure down a notch — Creative Staffing is a great place to start.
Using these steps will keep the holiday pressure to a minimum. For more management strategies, or to hire temporary staff to help decrease stress and workloads, reach out to the Miami recruiting experts at Creative Staffing.