After what seems like hyper-speed, 2023 is coming to a close. Did you know there’s only 8.5 weeks until Christmas?! At this time of the year, employers should be thinking about how to effectively balance employee well-being with maximum productivity during the festive season.

Here are 12 things that you can do to end the year on a high and keep motivation and productivity levels constant:

  1. Make sure workloads remain manageable and expectations are not unreasonably increased
  2. Set short SMART goals for the next couple of weeks
  3. Monitor quality to ensure employees aren’t just rushing to get things done
  4. Ensure annual leave over this period is allocated fairly amongst the team
  5. Consider flexible working arrangements to provide time to prepare for Christmas
  6. Check in with your employees to see how they are going
  7. Have fun in this period; some festive food, silly dress up and decorations
  8. Let your employees know they are valued, say ‘thank you’
  9. Implement some fun end-of-year awards
  10. Finish up early on Christmas Eve, if you can
  11. If pay day is close to Christmas, consider paying a day or so earlier
  12. Have an end of year meeting to set goals for the New Year!

We hope these small things can make a difference to the coming weeks and help alleviate any stresses.

If as an employer you have found previous holiday periods a struggle and need some advice, please get in touch with us here at Integrated Human Resources.  We will remain on standby to support you if needed.

As human resource specialists, we will work closely with your business to understand your needs and to ensure ongoing business success. Integrated Human Resourcing is an outsourced HR firm based in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast.  If you would like to know more, call us 5613 1846 / info@humanresourcing.com.au