Trying to keep employees engaged during the holiday season can be a challenge for many companies. During this time of the year employees are thinking of planned family visits and gift buying to name a few-and this is precisely when companies may notice a slight dip in productivity. If as an employer, you are aware of this slight dip each year, there are several there some things you can offer employees to keep them productive or at the very least engaged during that period. As an employer, how about bringing in a tray of cookies and some eggnog that employees can sample as their go about their day? It’s a small gesture that it likely to brighten your employees day.
Glassdoor, an online career community portal conducted a recent study titled “What Employees Want The Most This Holiday Season” and in conjunction with Forbes.com listed ten intrinsic items that employee said they would love to get from their employer during the season. They include:
Number 10: Commuter Subsidy-2%
Number 9: Holiday Party with an open bar-5%
Number 8: Gym Membership-7%
Number 7: Company Stock options- 9%
Number 6: Option to telecommute for one year-13%
Number 5: Grocery Giftcard-29%
Number 4: Paid Time Off-36%
Number 3: Raise in pay-60%
Number 2: Cash bonus-73%
Number 1: Cash
You can see the infographics on the Forbes website. Some industries including; retail, service and the hospitality are all open for business during the holiday season. Employees in these industries are likely very overwhelmed having to deal with an equally stressed out throng of shoppers- and, any one of the above mentioned gifts items would work wonders for them.
In closing, while some companies may not be able to employ some or all of these ideas, employers should keep in mind that they will experience a slight dip in productivity. When this happens, take an impromptu break, invite everyone for a cookie and eggnog and just ask them about their plans for the holidays.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that count. Happy Holidays!