‘Tis the season to be jolly—or is it? What a year it has been, for all of us. For many people the coronavirus pandemic has meant that we have all had to re-evaluate our lives and our work and has led to some of us having to change jobs and career plans.

If you are an employer you should be thinking about how to keep up employee morale during this difficult festive season. What do they really want this year? Putting a plan of action into place now will help your business and will play a significant role in your employees’ mental health and will have a positive impact on their mindset when they return to work in 2021.

Give the gift of time!

In a climate where the economy may not be quite as vibrant as in previous years and your company may not be in a position to pay bonuses, there are other things that you can do to appease hardworking employees and keep morale up, and after all – your employees are your most important customers! If you look after your employees, they will look after your customers.

Provide flexibility around their working hours. Allow for later start times, extended lunches, or earlier finishes. This will give employees a chance to get their shopping done, visit with loved ones (if lockdown restrictions allow), or pop to the post office to send cards and presents.

Consider giving them a day off before the 25th December that will give them much needed time for Christmas present shopping, and then maybe a day or two afterwards which will give them more time to recuperate and relax and will contribute to looking after their health and well-being.

There may be no Christmas bonus this year, but investing in your workforce in other ways will go a long way towards showing them that you care.

At BC Training Solutions we care about staff training. Get in touch to find out how we can help you this Christmas.