Research has shown that not recognising staff at Christmas can have a more damaging effect on morale.
Iain McMillan, director of SME, comments: “It’s essential that businesses recognise their staff’s efforts, particularly at Christmas and as the year draws to a close. Failure to do so could sour morale for some and get the new year off to a poor start. After all, a fully motivated and appreciated workforce is instrumental in the success of any business and any reward or recognition will have a positive effect in boosting long-term morale.
“While a big office Christmas party might sound like a great plan, it’s key to be aware that it’s not everyone’s idea of fun. Be flexible if you can to accommodate employees’ needs – particularly for those employees with families, arrange one-on-ones to discuss performance highlights from the year or hide festive treats around the office for employees to uncover,” advises McMillan.
Businesses must be mindful of how this could hit their productivity levels, so it’s important to thank staff for their hard work over the year and keep them feeling appreciated during the run up to the festive season.
Here, the small business experts at AXA PPP healthcare reveal what your employees may really be thinking in the build up to Christmas.