As the holiday season approaches, maintaining a motivated workforce in the skilled trades becomes crucial for project success. But it can be challenging, as workers’ thoughts turn toward special events and spending time with family. Let’s take a look at some strategies you can use to create holiday harmony on the job site.
Setting Clear Expectations
Start by getting everyone on the same page regarding expectations during the holiday season. Will you close for a day or a week, or will it be business as usual? What projects will everyone be working on? Does anyone need to be on call in case of emergencies? What’s the policy for taking PTO hours during the season?
Offering Incentives and Bonuses
For better or worse, the holiday season has become heavily commercialized. People tend to spend a lot of money on gifts, special foods, and events. This is a great time to offer incentives and bonuses for those who are working through the holidays. Just be careful. Some people will sign up for every extra shift imaginable in order to make more money, putting them at risk for overwork and burnout. Be sure to enforce sensible limits to protect their health and well-being.
Organizing Team-Building Activities
The holiday season is known for its parties and special events, so why not consider hosting your own? Depending on your staff and their interests, this might mean an after-hours party with everyone’s families or Happy Hour at a local bar known for its festive holiday cocktails. Or perhaps an escape room or scavenger hunt. The point is to create opportunities for your employees to bond with their “work family.”
Fostering a Supportive Work Environment
The holidays are a great time to assess your work culture. Are you doing everything you can to foster a supportive environment where everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves? Is yours a culture of collaboration rather than competition? Survey your team members to find out how they feel about the current environment at work and get their suggestions for improvement.
The holiday season is a busy time for many companies, and it can be tough to keep your workers motivated. But with a few proactive steps, you can go a long way toward boosting loyalty and productivity throughout the season.
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