Posted on 17 Dec 03
The holiday season generates joy, goodwill and stress. Take these steps to a less stressful workplace during the holidays: 1. Clarify your expectations for attendance and productivity. Many people have "additional obligations" this time of year. Something has to give. Recognize the need for flexibility and don't assume that others know your expectations — express them. 2. Make things special. During the holidays we get what we focus on. If we focus on what's special about our company and services, our customers and clients, our families and spirituality, we'll enjoy the best of the holidays. Make sure your company is well decorated. Spend a few bucks if you have to. Have a great office party. Don't just hand out the Christmas bonus — hand out acknowledgements with it. 3. Cut down on the food, sweets, and alcohol. Don't overdo things. Because we all need plenty of energy to survive December, take a balanced approach to the season's delights. 4. Hold off on the annual performance appraisal or salary review until January Life is stressful enough during December. Don't introduce stressors that can wait another month. Follow these four tips and your company will also have a joyous holiday season! Don Phin is an attorney and president of the Employer Advisors Network, Inc. He is the author of Lawsuit Free!: How To Prevent Employee Lawsuits; Building Powerful Employment Relationships!; and Victims, Villains and Heroes: Managing Emotions in the Workplace.
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