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

Employees want to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. They want to know that their company has bigger goals than just making money. They want to see that they can bring positive impact to the world.

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.

2. Schedule a little extra flexibility into the day

This time of year there’s lots going on. Last minute gift shopping, kids plays, final exams, in-laws visiting, bad weather, terrible traffic, sickness like cold and flu (employees and their kids), and a lot more that can drain employees.

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

This time of year, most departments are doubling-down on their last minute efforts to finish strong. Knowing what to focus on and creating transparency and friendly competition around goals is a brilliant way to close the year strong while also having a lot of fun!

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.

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

4. Limit distractions

Sometimes, it seems like everything is a necessity, but that’s not the case. With all of the frenzy and chaos, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose track of time, resulting in more hours in the office away from friends and family.

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

Everyone is looking for a little extra motivation this time of year. There’s so much going on that sometimes people can tend to swing from best to worst (or vice-versa) in just a matter of minutes. The tone of management can make all the difference.

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.

About Author: David Smith

David Smith is the Chief Marketing Officer for SalesScreen , a SaaS platform that helps organizations around the world to track progress on KPIs, reward completion of key activities and surpass their goals. As a result, customers experience stronger culture, lower turnover, better awareness on targets and increased activity on the metrics that matter most to revenue growth and success. You can find his writings at The Art of Sales.

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CMO at @SalesScreen. Marketing & sales professional. Entrepreneur. US Marine veteran. Adventurer. Living in Norway.

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