06.12
2019

How to Help Your Employees Avoid Holiday Stress

This time of year can be stressful for everyone. As the temperatures continue to drop and the holidays draw ever closer, there are myriad factors — both inside and outside the workplace — that can really lay on the pressure, cause tensions to rise, and negatively affect job performances across the board. This is the time when people stress out about things like finances, increased production expectations due to seasonal vacations, and even the trepidatious road conditions they’re constantly faced with.

As an employer, it’s in your best interest to do whatever you can to facilitate productivity at your company. One of the best ways to do this is to keep your employees happy and as stress-free as possible. Here, a few simple extra steps you can take to help make this happen.

Schedule time off well in advance.
When the holidays roll around, it’s not ideal to have last-minute time-off requests. Your employees may feel extra pressure if they suddenly discover they’re needed to help out due to unplanned PTO. During this notoriously busy vacation time, it makes sense to require that employees submit requests ahead of time. You’re left with plenty of time to schedule accordingly, and your team has time to mentally prepare for busy days.

Schedule an event.
A holiday-related celebration for employees gives them something to look forward to; a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. If business demands allow for it, hosting during regular office hours makes it even more appealing.

Provide food.
It’s a small gesture, but it goes a long way. Buying lunch for the team on an especially busy day — and making sure they have some work-free time to enjoy it — can be a gesture that prevents someone from reaching their breaking point.

Ease up the dress code.
If you have a stringent dress code — and interaction with clients allows for it — loosen up some of the rules this time of year. You’d be surprised at how much a simple thing like wearing jeans can do to boost morale.

Think about deadlines.
Not everything has a hard deadline, so if there’s a project that can be pushed back or expedited, let your team know. Give them the flexibility to work at an efficient pace. And try not to assign big projects that require a last-minute scramble. Personal lives are exceptionally busy as well this time of year, so the simple act of being mindful of deadlines in relation to the approaching holidays can make all the difference.

Give them the gift of efficiency.
Our suite of tools helps make any workplace a much more efficient place to be, lifting a lot of the stressors that can bog your team down. With features that help manage workloads — especially beneficial during this busy holiday season — and make tedious processes more expeditious, Encore can help your team accomplish more while feeling less overwhelmed.

It’s the little things that can make a big difference in the moment. But it’s the long-term planning, such as using an effective solution like Encore, that makes a huge, lasting difference. Happy holidays!

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07.12
2018

Office Holiday Party Etiquette 101

The year’s end is nigh, and you know what that means, right? Of course, there are last-minute year-end goals, checking the numbers, meeting quotas, and all the stuff that matters the most when it comes to running a successful business. But there’s one particular event that everyone, no matter what position you’re in, looks forward to the most.

The company holiday party!

But when it comes to whooping it up at the year-end shindig, there is — or rather, there should be — a limitation to the amount of said whooping. You may be celebrating off hours, but at the end of the day, you are still at a work function. That being said, we wanted to present a few simple rules that everyone should keep in mind during the holiday season.

What (Not) to Wear
The office holiday party is the perfect excuse for you to get all gussied up in your Sunday best. Even if you work in the most casual office in the country, leave the t-shirt and jeans at home and pull out all the stops. You’ll make a memorable statement and a lasting impression … plus it’s just fun to dress to the nines every now and then.

Be a Social Butterfly
Do you find yourself working with the same small group of people and therefore always socializing with them? Try to branch out and mingle with colleagues from other departments. You’re all integral parts of a well-oiled machine, helping to keep the company running. Get to know each other a little better. This type of interpersonal communication can really help develop better interactions in a professional setting down the road.

Eat, Drink, and Be … Wary
More often than not, libations will be flowing at your company party. Whether there are simply glasses of wine circulating or a full bar scenario, be sure to know your limit. The idea is to have a good time, and that likely doesn’t include saying (or doing) something you’ll later regret. You may not remember it, but everyone else will.

Mind Your Conversations
In the same vein as the previous, don’t forget that, while everyone here may be cutting loose, it’s still a work event. Avoid uncomfortable/wholly unprofessional topics of conversation and think twice about overly negative comments. When in doubt, rely on the same style banter you would while on the clock.

Choose Guests Wisely
You know your friends better than anyone else at the party. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring a plus-one, make sure you know them well enough to know how they’ll behave. Whether or not you think it’s fair, their actions at the party directly reflect on you. Bring someone you’d feel comfortable leaving on their own for a few minutes if you have to excuse yourself at any point.

Salutations
You wouldn’t go to a party at a friend’s house without talking to your friend at some point, right? Just the same, take a few minutes to say hello to, and thank, the host of your holiday party: most likely the company’s owner. It’s another way to make a good impression and to just really show some genuine appreciation for them being gracious enough to put together a fun end-of-year gathering.

These aren’t tough — or even stringent — rules to follow, but they help to make sure everyone enjoys their holiday celebration, while still being able to look forward to a pleasant Monday morning at the office.

Happy holidays from Actsoft!

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