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Get your party faces on, it’s time to celebrate!

How to Motivate Your Employees During the Holidays

5 tips to bring a little extra cheer into the New Year

David Smith
Dec 11, 2017 · 4 min read

The holidays are the favorite time of year for many employees; however, this is also often the busiest and most stressful time of year. Here are a few quick tips to help you close 2017 strong and head into the New Year ready to conquer any obstacle.

1. Arrange Charitable Activities

Whether it’s donating clothing or food to a shelter, participating in a community event, building something, organizing a way to spread cheer, or something else, this is a perfect time of year to build a little more togetherness. For some ideas of what you can participate in, simply do a web search for holiday volunteering in your area.

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2. Schedule a little extra flexibility into the day

A little flexibility goes a long way this time of year in making life easier and more manageable. We’re not suggesting you let employees leave at noon for some Christmas shopping bonanza (although, that would probably earn you some serious cool points), but we are suggesting that some leniency on your side can help ease the stress and therefore help your employees to be a lot more engaged and focused on their work.

3. Game-ify the workplace

If you really want to increase effectiveness on targets while also making work more fun, look into using gamification to bump up the motivation. You can easily set up leaderboards or run fun competitions on sales, meetings booked, or other activities, for instance and allow employees to open/swap gifts until time runs out. It’s a great way to brighten up the mood while also driving performance on the end-of-year metrics that matter most.

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Set targets, choose prizes, create a start/end time and let the games begin!

4. Limit distractions

Take the time to slow down, remove all of the social media, forget about your holiday chores, just pick one single thing at a time and get it done. Remember to exercise and sleep well at night. You don’t need to attend every single client event, holiday party, and gift exchange. Focus on yourself and on the tasks at hand, get them done quickly, and go home to the people you love.

5. Get into the spirit

As a leader, your employees take their cue from you… so, if you’re grumpy and bah-humbug, they’ll likely follow suit and productivity will plummet. However, if you can manage to be positive and pleasant, it will catch on fast! Employees aren’t looking for fake smiles and insincere gestures, but if you can manage to find the best in all situations and keep in mind all of the positive achievements from this year, it will help remind everyone of why they do what they do, even when the job is busy and stressful. A small “thank you for all of your hard work this year” goes a long way.

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Hubby & daddy. USMC veteran. Marketing professional. Entrepreneur. I like mountains, whisky, travel and mischief. Live in Norway. Insta: @americanvikinginnorway

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Hubby & daddy. USMC veteran. Marketing professional. Entrepreneur. I like mountains, whisky, travel and mischief. Live in Norway. Insta: @americanvikinginnorway

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