Get the Work Done AND Enjoy the Holidays
It’s a fact that taking personal time improves employee productivity, but what about the up and down time of holidays-to-come? Approximately 62 % of companies experience a dip in productivity from mid-November through early January. People are more distracted with holiday parties, time off, online shopping and getting the family ready for big events, which can go on for days or weeks.
Here are six tips to keep your team, the project, and your company on track. I bet you can come up with more.
Communicate Support for Personal Time
As the Project Manager or Team Leader, you can keep the project and your company on track with flexibility, understanding, and communication. Let the team know that the company has a positive view on taking time off. If there are people who have vacation time they are not taking, talk with them to find out their ideal vacation and help them to realize it. If not this year, then next.
Keep the Work Going
For the project, keep the end-goal in the frame and break active tasks into smaller chunks. This will allow the work to continue as vacation schedules begin.
You can also start a “holiday” competition with a prize for employees who successfully complete their tasks. Winning foiur tickets to the Rockettes in New York City could get the team excited and spark some healthy competition.
Offer Flex Time
In addition to supporting team members who are planning time off, you could offer flexible schedules for employees who can work from home. This would give them an opportunity to get holiday planning done and to work when it is most convenient for them, like after hours. If you experience inclement weather during the holidays, workers are very grateful for flexible schedules.