As Christmas fast approaches and the festive spirit begins to take over, it’s not uncommon for managers and business owners to see their employees take their foot off the gas and put their feet up. Absenteeism can increase and attention spans get shorter as the focus shifts towards the party season and everything that comes with it.

However, some strategic forward-thinking can boost engagement levels and make the Christmas period both productive and enjoyable.

Manage workloads in advance

For many businesses, the last few months of the year are the busiest, and managing heavy workloads while ensuring quality isn’t compromised can be tough. Take time to check your team capability versus workload in advance, not forgetting to factor in any ad-hoc staff holidays and business-related social events.

You can then decide whether you require your team to put in extra hours or take overtime in the run-up to Christmas. Of course, to gain this level of commitment you need to offer some incentives and raise team spirit with the notion that you’re all working towards a clear end goal.

Offer flexible working

If your workplace doesn’t have a flexible working policy in place already, then why not trial one throughout December? 77% of workers admitted that employers who offer a flexible working scheme are more attractive than those that don’t, and 55% claimed it was an essential benefit while hunting for their next job.

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