How to ease the pressure at year’s end
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.