Morale can be a potentially detrimental issue amongst a company’s employees. Should this problem spread, it could adversely impact the professional environment, as well as productivity levels. For a variety of reasons, morale might be even lower during the upcoming holiday season. Fortunately, however, executives and management teams might be able to boost holiday season morale problems by practicing the following tips:

Create A Festive Atmosphere
There are few people who are not inspired or appreciative of holiday decorations. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, managers can create a festive atmosphere within the confines of their establishment by executing actions such as decorating the walls with holiday-appropriate décor and playing season-themed music.

Award Holiday Bonuses
At many companies, organizations, or establishments, employees are awarded a holiday bonus. Typically, this gift takes the form of additional pay but might include other perks. Regardless, such an action gives employees something to look forward to and demonstrates that the company appreciates their efforts and wishes to recognize such work at this special time of the year.

Loosen The Grip
Though such a philosophy may sound cliché, the holiday season is the most appropriate time to create a less formal working atmosphere. Of course, this does not mean allowing blatant slacking off or promoting diminished expectations of employee work performance. However, managers can lessen their grip and enable events like parties, gift-giving events, and other occurrences that might enhance the season’s joyful nature to take place.

Promote Volunteerism
While the holidays are a fun and joyous time for some, this season might be difficult for individuals experiencing any one or several of many personal struggles. Executives and managerial staffs who foster volunteerism or even arrange opportunities for their employees to serve their fellow man may boost morale significantly. Individuals may naturally gain an appreciation for what they have and the serious issues they are not experiencing by giving their time to individuals who are going through such tumult. Furthermore, for many, giving always beats receiving.

Respect The Staff’s Desire For Time Off
The phrase “business must go on” certainly applies to the holiday season. While managers might not be afforded the luxury of giving their employees a significant amount of time off, such professionals should respect their desire to spend time with their families and coordinate a holiday schedule that is fair to the entire staff.

About The Author
Yuri Vanetik is an Entrepreneur, Private Investor, Coalition Builder, and Philanthropist in Orange County, California. He is the Managing Partner of Vanetik International, LLC, a management consulting firm which offers advisory services and strategic planning to businesses and industries. He is also the Managing Partner of Dominion Asset Management, a technology-driven opportunity real estate fund that invests in undervalued real estate throughout the United States. Yuri Vanetik brings over 20 years of professional experience in a variety of roles, and has been featured in notable publications, including the Wall Street Journal, California Business Journal, and Forbes.

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