The holidays can be the most wonderful – or the most stressful, or maybe just a so-so – time of the year, depending on your individual circumstances. As a business leader or manager, they may be particularly challenging for you, as you push to achieve year-end goals and finalize plans for 2023 – and you also may be facing deadlines and extra commitments outside of work.
The same is true for your employees. So take time to check in on them, and on yourself, to avoid anyone getting burned out and keep morale – and everyone – healthy.
The Value of Checking in on Employees This Holiday Season
A Few Check-In Questions
You should be regularly checking in with your employees throughout the year. Be sure not to slip up during the holidays – or if you haven’t been as conscientious about this as you should, now is the time: start your New Year’s resolution early. Ask your employees:
- “How can I help?” Make sure people have the time and resources they need to get the job done, despite the inevitable distractions of the season. Use your best active listening skills so your employees can open up and feel supported.
- “What are your career goals for the year ahead?” Instead of just firefighting to get through December, take a beat and ask employees about their long-term goals and how they’re doing at achieving them. This is a great way to tweak and finalize plans – and help your people do the same.
Focus on Flexibility
Also, advisable year-round. Be especially cognizant of flexible scheduling during the holidays. Offer the option to work from home if it’s feasible and employees wish to do so. And, encourage people to take time off to simply get some rest and enjoy themselves. They’ll return recharged, refreshed, and ready to hit the ground running.
Support Mental Health
Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions tend to escalate during the holidays as sufferers may feel especially overwhelmed, pressured, or lonely. Ramp up communications around mental health and services available to help.
Support Everyone’s Well-Being
Lead by example – and take care of yourself during this hectic time. To foster self-care and well-being, practice these tips and make sure your employees do the same:
- Get enough sleep. It helps you feel better physically and mentally and makes you more productive.
- Exercise regularly. Even something as simple as a 10-minute walk helps release endorphins into your body, which gives you energy, boosts your mood and reduces stress levels.
- Eat right. Good nutrition keeps your immune system strong and helps you maintain a positive attitude.
- Get needed support. Anyone who is struggling should connect with a therapist or other mental health professional. Issue reminders that there’s no shame or stigma attached; it’s simply part of an overall commitment to wellness.
Want Help with Your Ongoing Management Needs?
For additional tips to support your team this holiday season, reach out to Key HR We have the resources and are aligned with preferred provider companies to meet these and all your ongoing talent management needs.
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- On December 16, 2022
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