Keep Your Team Motivated During the Holidays

Hanna Walther, Ytel |  

The holidays are in full-swing! You're attending and hosting parties, shopping for gifts, baking, cooking, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible. There's one thing that remains constant throughout the exciting holiday season - our jobs. There are still deadlines to be met, clients and customers to tend to, and business to complete. Some people struggle to remain focused at work during the holidays, but fear not! There are various ways to remain productive throughout the month. Motivate Your Team Throughout the Holidays

The holidays are in full-swing! You're attending and hosting parties, shopping for gifts, baking, cooking, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible. There's one thing that remains constant throughout the exciting holiday season - our jobs. There are still deadlines to be met, clients and customers to tend to, and business to complete. Some people struggle to remain focused at work during the holidays, but fear not! There are various ways to remain productive throughout the month. Motivate Your Team Throughout the Holidays

Focus on the every day tasks


You've had a productive year and that's worth celebrating. However, focusing solely on big picture items will distract from the work that remains to be done right now. Ensure that your team members are recognized for their daily achievements to remind your team that no work goes unnoticed. 


Stagger management's time off

If your entire management team is gone for the week, or most of the month, this sets the tone for the productivity of your team for the month. When they notice that the senior level employees are out, the likelihood of their productivity is less of a guarantee. Set the example of what you want to see and plan accordingly. Make sure team leaders are present, and are checking in with their members weekly, at the very least.

Be generous 


It's the holidays, after all. Your employees will probably have family and friends in town, or they'll have travel plans. Give them the time off they need and deserve at the end of the year, so long as it's reasonable and doesn't affect your business. Chances are good they'll appreciate your generosity and come back refreshed and ready to start a new year. 

Be festive


Plan a holiday party, or an office gift exchange, or an Ugly Sweater day for your employees. Supply an assortment of treats and other goodies and include all the various holidays celebrated this season, so everyone feels included. This will make your employees feel a warm connection to their jobs and your leadership.


While it can be difficult to keep your employees engaged and motivated through the end of the year, it's definitely doable! All it takes is some strategy and unity amongst your leadership team. The holidays are an exciting time for most people. Use that excitement and energy and harness it towards finishing the year strong, and you'll be surprised at how much gets done! 

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Hanna Walther, Ytel

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Hanna manages Ytel's Communications strategy and has worked in Marketing for five years. She has a Master's in Communications and is passionate about connecting customers and businesses by building authentic relationships online.


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