HR Preparation for the Holidays

by | Dec 22, 2022 | Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI), HR Policies, Workplace Culture

As the holidays approach, here are some ways to keep some sanity at the workplace, remotely, or in the office. Read below for some tips to spread holiday cheer in the office without going overboard.

Communicate Time-Off

Make sure employees know when the company will be closed. Poor communication can lead to confusion and frustration among employees. Managing PTO and office hours accordingly will allow your employees to enjoy the holidays with the least amount of stress. If your company has not already done so, or if you’re a newer company, consider making a holiday calendar to give employees at the beginning of the year. For offices with unlimited PTO, it’s important to keep track of who will be in and out of the office during the holidays, so things don’t get out of hand.

Remind the Team to Unwind

The holidays can be stressful for many, especially the last week of the year. Remind employees it’s ok to take off and spend time with family and friends. For those who choose to work, remind them it’s ok to take more breaks than usual or maybe let employees work half days during that week.

Company Parties

Company holiday parties are a great way to end the year and show appreciation for your employees. Be aware not every employee enjoys the holidays, so consider making company parties optional. If your company is mostly remote, a virtual party is also an option, but keep it at an hour at most or consider celebrating by giving the staff the afternoon off to go shopping or run errand as the company Christmas Party!

Employee Burnout

Burnout rates during the holiday season have increased since the pandemic. Watch for employees who aren’t working as much and see if you’re able to help them in any way. Those working remotely might have higher burnout rates, especially those with family home for the holidays. Tis the season to take the workplace at a slower pace- be sure your employees know that things can mover slower until the new year.

Employee Appreciation

If you have the budget, consider getting the office a gift or sending employees a holiday card. Employees who feel valued at their company are less likely to resign. Make sure your employees feel appreciated, especially during the holidays. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way. If your company had growth in any way, make sure your employees know your gratitude!

Be Inclusive!

Not everyone celebrates Christmas Be sure to include all holidays your employees might be celebrating. Even saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” shows respect for those. Educate yourself and other employees too. If someone in the office else celebrates another holiday, such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, ask them about it, and I’m sure they will appreciate sharing their family traditions.