Promote a Stress-Free Workplace During the Holidays
It’s easy to get caught up in our own feelings of stress during the holidays, but it’s worthwhile to take a moment to consider how our actions (regardless of our intentions) might be contributing to the stress of others. If you’re an employer in the greater Cleveland area, thinking about this when planning holiday festivities for your employees could contribute to a stress-free workplace now and in the new year. Here’s a brief excerpt from a helpful article by Tabitha Walker, and you can click the link below it to read the full article.
Though a joyous time for some, the winter holiday season can be a source of workplace stress for others. In fact, a recent survey reported that two-thirds of full-time workers experience workplace stress during the holidays. This stress can be derived from intrusive décor, gift exchanges, seasonal financial hardships and/or inflexible work hours during the busiest time of the year. However, there are steps you, as a business owner or manager, can take to alleviate some of this seasonal stress…
- Gifts that are meant to relieve stress, such as soothing lotions and aromatherapy products, can help employees feel more at ease.
- If your business is planning a holiday party, consider ways to reduce the burden placed on employees. For example, consider casual dress or book a venue with free parking to eliminate extra costs associated with shopping and attending the party.
- Schedule holiday parties or events during work hours (setting aside an hour or two shouldn’t interrupt business much) so your employees are not required to dip into their free time in order to participate.