Thinking of what to give your employees this Holiday Season? Want something that will be appreciated, keep you happy, and boost the bottom line? If so, you might want to go beyond the gift certificate, club membership or bonus approach. While thoughtful, and useful, these gifts can be fleeting in impact. What they’ll really appreciate the most may very well be more focused on you.
- Give them unplugged away time over the holidays – Unless a kitten is about to lose it’s life it’s best to instill a policy of no work demands over their time off during the holidays. Being unplugged will stoke their creativity,help to beat back burnout, boost their health, strengthen bonds with loved ones and boost their performance upon their return. Unplugged time produces physiological benefits and sets a rock solid foundation for higher quality work. Hard to argue against this benefit.
- Unplugged time for you too over the holidays – Ditto all of the above. Yes, it even works the same wonders for you.
- Up your role modeling – Saying one thing and doing another is one of the most damaging yet common things I see leaders do that saps their credibility amongst their teams. Consistency and employee trust go hand in hand. Resolve to become a tighter example of walking the talk. There is always room to grow here for every leader. Become that leader that never makes their employees wonder. Be the leader where they’ll always know what to expect.
- Show some love – while it may sound obvious, many leaders overlook this in their day to day interactions. Recognition of other’s efforts is hands down one of the most important habits a leader can develop. Few things do more to a person’s sense of value and purpose than having their accomplishments recognized. So between now and the end of the year, focus on showing your appreciation to your people. Then just keep it going.
- Make well-being a priority – From both a research and hands-on perspective, companies that institute programs aimed at helping employees integrate work and life end up with employees with much higher levels of well-being and as a result, are happier, healthier and more productive. These supported employees take fewer sick days and report higher engagement than employees of companies that do not offer well-being support. All this adds up to more robust bottom lines in terms of things like sustained innovation, productivity and reduced healthcare costs
- Become an even better listener – if you’re not listening, you’re missing out on potentially vast amounts of information that can drive better business results. You’ll also boost engagement as people will feel that their thoughts and ideas are valued. Remember, your job is to level obstacles, streamline processes, find resources and keep the political nonsense at bay. You need to figure out what holds your people back and fix it so that they can give their best. But you’ll never figure this out if you’re not listening.
So instead of merely hurling money at gifts or bonuses, target what’s really essential to your employees. Work on your relationship with your people. Strive to continually become a more capable leader. This is the way to really impact your people and drive improved business results.
Here’s to you and your company’s success!
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