End the year right and get the New Year off to a good start with these simple ways to improve employee morale and wellness.
1. Open the mail room to make it easier for employees to ship holiday gifts. While they still have to pay for postage, they won’t spend Saturday mornings (or extended weekday lunch breaks) standing in line at the post office.
Tip: FedEx says Dec. 12 will be the busiest shipping day—ever. Warn the mail room!
2. Throw a party. Three years of economic doldrums might make it hard to justify a big holiday fête. But some execs say it’s worth hosting an annual corporate shindig to give co-workers a chance to mingle, and bosses an opportunity to say “thanks.” A potluck luncheon will work, too. A holiday gathering doesn’t have to be extravagant to be a hit with employees.
3. Keep employees healthy. Help employees avoid extra pounds by supplying fruit and other healthy snacks at work as an alternative to holiday goodies. Offer prizes to employees who participate in a weight-maintenance program and don’t gain over the holidays. Organize group walks during lunch or after work. Host recipe swaps and brown-bag seminars that emphasize healthy holiday cooking.
4. Bust the post-holiday blues. Overspending, fighting with relatives and holiday weight-gain can leave workers feeling down. Head off a productivity slump by promoting services available from your.