The holiday season is here! Are you prepared? Here are a few things leaders should remember during the holidays.
- Communicate In Advance: The holidays are a busy time of year. Usually schedules are full with obligations in and out of the office. Email a “holiday season brief” to your team that outlines any important announcements, big projects, holiday parties, changed office hours, and so on. Also, include a short preview of what’s to come after the holidays. The season can be a hectic time, so consistent communication is key. Keep everybody on the same page.
- Absent Team Members: Many people will request time off. Some people may catch the flu. During the holiday season, there is a greater chance of having MIA team members. Have a backup plan ready to go if (or when) you are missing part of your team. Try to be sensitive to people’s scheduling requests–planning ahead can help!
- Balancing The Busyness: Holiday parties, Christmas dinners, gift exchanges, secret Santa, family gatherings, and more…. Don’t feel obligated to attend everything. Decide in advance which events are the most important and plan accordingly. As a leader, your presence may be required at some [not-so-exciting] things, so be prepared. Also, don’t get too caught up in work that you neglect to spend time with family and friends. Make sure proper priorities are in place. Enjoy the season!
- Show Some Love: Do something special for your team during the holidays. (And, no, sending everyone fruitcake doesn’t count.) Try to spread some holiday cheer by giving thoughtful gifts, a handwritten card, or maybe even a paid day off. Think outside the box.