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4 ways to keep employees focused, productive during the holidays

Supervisors who sense holiday unrest among their staff should consider these four, easy-to-implement strategies for keeping employees focused and sharp.

Employees have a lot on their minds during the holiday season – understandably so, as the stresses of preparing for end-of-year festivities and holiday travel mount quite quickly in December. But distractions can easily result in decreased output, so it's vital for managers to find ways to increase staff engagement and productivity – after all, the end of the year means the end of the quarter, too. 

Supervisors who sense holiday unrest among their staff should consider these four, easy-to-implement strategies for keeping employees focused and sharp.

1. Emphasize regularity
Establishing routines in the office can help employees manage their stress and execute their jobs more efficiently. People take a natural comfort in patterns, and helping staff plan their days more effectively can reduce anxiety. Lior Arussy, president and founder of the Strativity Group, noted in a column for The Globe and Mail that setting up a ritual of brief, daily meetings at a specific time serves the dual purpose of creating regularity and increasing manager-employee interaction.

2. Engage employees in the brand
Staff who wish they could spend their workdays somewhere other than the office are unlikely to contribute valuably, so it's important to remind them of why their work is meaningful, especially when their holiday to-do lists are so long. Engaging employees in the brand's mission and identity can have a positive effect.

"Remind your employees of why they should be proud of the brand they're representing," Arussy wrote. "If you give employees a reason to brag instead of complain, you're on the right track."

3. Get personal
The employee-manager dialog, however, must go two ways. Managers migh​t consider taking the holidays as an opportunity to get to know their staff better. David Shindler, founder of job learning site The Employability Hub, recently spoke with Forbes about the inherently personalized nature of employee productivity.

"It is critical that managers and leaders create the culture conditions that tap into each individual's personal motivation," Shindler told the news source.

4. Consider holiday rewards
In December, people are likely to be working equally hard at home and in the office – and when it's difficult to relax even after work hours, employee rewards programs can be particularly effective. 

Managers looking to step up their reward and recognition programs around the holidays can build an end-of-year awards ceremony into the holiday parties they throw for their staff. Doing so may result in happier, more engaged employees in the new year.

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