It’s not easy keeping a short-staffed workplace humming while working during the holidays, but it can be a great opportunity to showcase your talents and flexibility.
5 Holiday Season Staff Management Tips
Slow periods may be appropriate for servicing and refurbishment of plant or office facilities. These will improve efficiencies and motivation in the New Year. In this blog, we look at how you can keep things running smoothly with a skeleton crew during the silly season.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
When shorthanded, one small activity can make a big difference in managing work. So plan ahead for the holidays and then, each day, draw up another plan for tomorrow. This also means setting priorities when working during the holidays. Before the office empties out, make sure those filling in know what they are filling in for.
Tip #2: Spread the Extra Work
Get everyone together and divide up the extra work. Tasks may range from staffing the reception area to managing a project, planning meetings or working with vendors, and the important thing is to distribute the workload based on the work each team member does best.
Tip #3: Report Results
Don’t forget to report all and any accomplishments and results in an organised fashion, as you would year-round. This will help your staff stay motivated, see their value to the company help you keep up with what they’ve done.
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Tip #4: Risk Management
Get emergency contact details/information for skeleton staff, suppliers and customers. Check that any unused equipment and machinery is turned off. Ensure back-up systems and generators are ready and able to protect assets and the premises and to trigger security responses. Follow shut-down procedures, practices and checks.
Tip #5: Plan for Work Resumption in the New Year
Schedule your production/service resumption schedules appropriately because employees may be unable to get back to work on the dates expected. For some businesses, it’s a slow period after Christmas, so use the days for planning and team building.
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