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Posted by Vanita Bhutani

almost 3 years ago

With new year is on its way it is a critical time at the workplace as we chase our year-end targets and deadlines. These final days of the year also mean productivity in the office can spiral down as the team is more are excited about the festivity and new year goals.  


As per a recent report, winter season is low on productivity as 54% of workers confess that they get distracted more around the year-end season. No wonder, with year-end sales on the online & offline stores, the team often gets busy with their last-minute shopping and planning their holiday trips. The dip in work productivity is a common issue faced across the companies.  




Although its holiday season, the business continues to face intense competition which makes it important that HR and Team Leaders take initiatives to keep everyone’s focus in check and this makes productivity a crucial word in today’s business climate.


We here share a few tips to keep your team energy high  

1. Open Communication 

As the team is full of energy, it is important not to curb the energy but channelize it. A little bit of understanding, communication, and compromise go a long way. Communicate your work priority, set your expectations clearly to improve team productivity. To improve productivity, one needs to evaluate the right metrics and set ownership of the task. Taking the season & the reasons in account, it might be a good idea to take innovative routes to improve team’s performance.  


2. Minimize official interruptions

Meeting in person is quite an important tool in management. Sadly, most of the scheduled meetings often take a lot of time and are not fruitful either. So, one needs to carefully plan these meetings. To improve the efficiency of work one good idea is to keep the meeting on Friday as productive is low on the weekend and another effective strategy is to schedule the meetings back to back, most preferable in the second half. 

3. Inspire for the next year 

As the team is in a holiday mood, it is a good idea to keep your employees motivated by evaluating annual goals and objectives. Take this winter month as an opportunity to assess their performance and review their wins in the company for the past year.

Assist your employees in putting up small, achievable goals before the year ends to help keep their performance up and running, and their motivation in full swing. Small, actionable goals that eventually contribute to reaching a more significant objective can help keep their focus in check.

When managers help employees plan out their objectives for the new calendar year, they feel inspired to work harder. It keeps them engaged without feeling swamped.

It’s the season of giving—you can try incorporating some holiday fun to encourage your team to keep their head in the game. Perhaps you can put up a gift card or event tickets for the first employee who meets his or her goal or quota for the week. Friendly competition among employees get them more focused and determined at work.


4. Engage by recognizing their achievements & Contribution – all year round

The year-end season is where employees feel the most valued. The Christmas & New Year Party and other festivities are opportunities for you to acknowledge the hard work of your employees.

But, these festivities usually recognize grand achievements. What about their small victories, and the effort they put in each day, especially during the last quarter of the year?

As per a survey, 81% of employees said appreciation for their work motivates them to work harder. That’s why taking the time to send them a handwritten “thank you” note speaks volumes. The recipient will feel valued and driven to perform better.

5. Re-organize tasks and your system

Since the year is nearing its end and your workers are finishing up the remaining tasks at hand, it can be quite tedious to keep up with everything. In a time where they’re juggling work, personal errands and rest, assisting them in realigning their tasks can greatly help.

Make sure everyone’s aware of your company’s holiday schedule, so they can set a manageable and efficient system to follow. Should they end up working from home or if anything comes up, they’ll know what to do or who to reach out.


6. Allow /Set flexible hours

While Sixty-two per cent of employees said they would appreciate not being required to work a week before the new year. While there are multiple factors to improve team productivity and allowing them to work time flexibility is a good option among it. An employee-centric company does not only help you retain employees but also it is a good gesture to respect each employees’ personal priorities too. 

In case, your company doesn’t have flexi-hours as we @New Era do. It is a good time to think about it. Not only our team is happy in winters but can also balance their personal life all year round. 

Productivity drop at work during this season is inevitable, albeit manageable. It’s something you can easily work around with. Instead of stressing yourself out about employees losing their focus, realign your goals and plan exciting ways to spark productivity. Don’t let your workplace fall behind because of the holidays and instead, use it to your advantage.

Let the holiday spirit flow into the office space and drive people to keep their eye on their goals. Work hand in hand with your employees to finish the year strong !