The Christmas songs are singing, the decorations are up, and the talks turning to Christmas parties and the holiday break.
The festive season is in full swing.
But are we celebrating too early and slowing down on productivity?
In December, staff productivity levels drop to their lowest point. However, a staggering 78% claim to work just as hard in December, with 22% citing the reason as so they can enjoy time off over the festive break.
However, it’s not just time off that’s proven to drive productivity. 74% of employees claim office festivities, such as, decorations, Christmas trees and Secret Santa traditions, boost morale and productivity.
So how can we keep our employees engaged right up until the festive holidays?
Secret Santa is a great way to introduce a bit of festive engagement among employees. For example, it brings us all together for a few hours, and even helps us to get to know our colleagues a bit better.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear,”
Will Ferrell, ELF
Turn those tunes up and have a singalong. Not only does singing make us laugh, it also comes with several physical and emotional benefits too.
- Strengthens the immune system
- improves posture
- Lowers stress levels
- Improves mental alertness
Flexible Working Hours
The lead up to the big day can be a frantic rush for people. However, by introducing flexible working hours throughout December will allow people to attend school plays, organised Christmas events and to complete the dreaded shopping.
In return, this will decrease the levels of stress in employees, increasing engagement and productivity during their working hours.
Festive Bake Off
Christmas is a time to indulge. Why not get everyone involved in a festive Bake Off. Baking can increase a feeling of well-being, contribute to stress relief and make you feel like you’ve achieved something. After all, food makes people happy.
However you celebrate in the workplace this year, Have a very Merry Christmas.
Source – for further research that celebrating Christmas improves workplace productivity, visit: https://bit.ly/2DEQHQa