It's not too late to spark the holiday spirit in the office this year. Below are seven ways leadership can engage employees during the holidays with positive returns all year long.
Find creative ways to be festive and save time. Set up a present wrapping station. Make holiday cards available for employees who need to send one but forgot! You can save the day. Here's a link to some downloadable holiday cards, in case you need one for an employee.
Be sensitive to employees' need for time off. Your employees and their families will appreciate it, and your generosity will definitely set the tone for next year.
Attend office parties. Make some memories! Your employees will notice if you're there or not. Plus, they are fun! Holiday office parties are infamous for a reason...
Use downtime to get to know your employees better. Holiday seasons are an opportunity for meaningful conversations with your teams. Building relationships will provide a foundation for future work together.
Gather reflections. Ask your employees for insights about how last year went. Have some meetings where employees have the opportunity to share their thoughts. They'll feel heard and you will learn from their insights.
Say thank you. Do this all year long. Lack of recognition is the number one reason employees leave their jobs (not to be a downer).
Plan for next year together. Your employees will be more motivated if they have a hand in coming up with the plan.