How to ease the pres­sure at year’s end

The Star Early Edition - - THE WORKPLACE REPORT -

THE FES­TIVE sea­son is usu­ally highly pres­surised be­cause busi­nesses have to keep to dead­lines and try to fin­ish off as much work as pos­si­ble to en­sure a smooth end to the year.

Em­ploy­ees have to stay fo­cused and main­tain mo­men­tum, but how?

“There are seem­ingly op­pos­ing forces in terms of the at­mos­phere at most busi­nesses,” com­ments Martina Lau­rie, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hands on Treat­ment, a mo­bile mas­sage company.

“On the one hand the pres­sure is on to fin­ish projects and meet dead­lines, at the same time peo­ple are gear­ing up for a time they know will be slower than usual and a bit more re­laxed.

“De­spite the pres­sure and stress, em­ploy­ers should make a con­certed ef­fort to foster an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports con­tent­ment, and re­in­forces pos­i­tive en­ergy and well­ness.”

She sug­gests the fol­low­ing handy tips to keep the work­place wheels turn­ing till the end of 2014 and beyond:

Plan ahead and set goals – An endof-year plan that has been care­fully worked out ahead of time can im­me­di­ately add value by eas­ing pres­sure and pro­vid­ing staff with a log­i­cal process to follow.

Cre­ate a calm and con­tent at­mos­phere dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son – Yes, there may be peo­ple at work while many are on hol­i­day and en­joy­ing rest – but that needn’t mean the fes­tive cheer has to be checked at the door at work.

A pos­i­tive and happy at­mos­phere that ac­knowl­edges the fes­tive sea­son will be far more con­ducive to pro­duc­tiv­ity and get­ting things done.

Mo­ti­vate and re­ward – Recog­ni­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment of ef­fort goes a long way to in­still­ing a sense of pride and cul­ti­vat­ing com­mit­ment, which can last well into the fes­tive sea­son and into the new year.

There’s no rea­son why staff work­ing through the hol­i­days can­not be treated to a year-end party or so­cial event to toast the work com­pleted and their goals for the new year.

Rest and re­lax­ation – Man­agers are re­al­is­ing that there are ad­van­tages to a cor­po­rate mo­bile mas­sage ser­vice.

Staff can be given a mas­sage at work, in the of­fice, with­out im­pact­ing on op­er­a­tions. It will help dur­ing down­time and make the em­ployee feel spe­cial.

Visit www.hand­son­treat­ment.co.za.

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