Your organization can help reduce employee stress this holiday season by adding a few low-cost timesavers to your holiday bonus package.
Small acts of holiday kindness on the part of the boss can pay off in a big way for the organization all year. Here are 10 ways to help holiday-harried employees stay productive at work:
- Help workers with their holiday mailings. Let them drop off their personal holiday packages at the company mailroom during December. (They pay for postage, of course.)
- Let employees use your business address when they order from web sites this month. That way, employees won’t have to rush home to sign for a package or stand in line at the post office.
- Set aside an hour a week during December for employees to shop online at their desks.
- Institute flextime just for December. Let workers come in and clock out two hours early so they can shop before going home in the afternoon.
- Offer a half-day off—with pay—to go shopping. Make it clear that each employee has to arrange for the time off in advance with his or her supervisor.
- Hand out holiday or year-end bonuses early so employees have cash in-hand to pay for holiday expenses.
- Hire a massage therapist to visit the office and give mini-massages.
- Give employees a paid day off in December to work for a charity.
- Remind employees about your , a potentially invaluable resource for people who suffer from the holiday blues.
- Hand out holiday “free-time” coupons. A Denver company each year gives employees a book of coupons to help with work/life balance. Among the eight coupons: a “get out of work well” day and a three-hour paid lunch.