4 ways to keep workers happy and healthy during holidays

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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 employee assistance program.

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Roland Heersink December 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

How about giving them a free tool to avoid holiday weight gain? The doctors of WeightWorks have posted one of their Success Therapies for all to use online – the therapy helps people get through the holidays without any weight gain: http://www.weightworksonline.com/preregistration_no_weight_gain_this_holiday_season.html

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Mike December 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I can’t think of much more important, or more over-looked than keeping employees healthy. Any efforts in this direction will promote more effective employees and an environment of caring.

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