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10 CEOs Share Their Secrets To Keeping Employees Motivated (And Happy) In December

Source | FastCompany : By MICHAEL GROTHAUS

The month of December, perhaps more than any other time of the year, is the ultimate tightrope act for bosses. Be too loose with keeping your employees on track and risk hurting business. But be too strict and face coming off as a Grinch, and possibly damage employee morale long after the holidays have ended.

So how can business leaders motivate employees to stay productive and motivated during the holidays? We spoke to 10 CEOs across myriad industries to reveal their best practices. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words:

CELEBRATING SUCCESSES, RELIEVE STRESS AND HAVE FUN TOGETHER AT A HOLIDAY PARTY

“This time of year is especially busy for our business, with our entire team working extra hard to sell, produce, and ship out product in time for the holidays. This can mean working late nights and weekends to make sure everything goes smoothly. We strive to reward and balance this extra effort with positive recognition of everyone’s contributions, extra time off once the work is successfully completed, and of course having fun together as a team with a big holiday party. This year in particular, we’re going to a nearby fun park where we can relieve any built-up stress with laser tag or a competitive go-kart race. We’re true believers in ‘work hard, play hard,’ getting things done and celebrating successes together.”
— Mark Buff, CEO of Mohu the Cord Cutting Company

EASE EMPLOYEES’ PRE-HOLIDAY ANXIETY BY ALLOWING REMOTE WORKING

“The holidays can create a lot of stress for employees—with holiday shopping to finish, family gatherings to prepare for, and traveling to visit loved ones. In order to combat these stresses, which can reduce morale and productivity, we encourage our teams to work remotely as needed. This is something we offer throughout the year but is particularly important during the holidays when a rigid schedule or commute can become an extra burden.

“To further promote this, our company even offers VR staff meetings that enable employees from across the country to connect and collaborate even when they’re physically far away. This kind of flexibility gives our employees peace of mind that they’re doing their jobs, while also taking part in everything the holidays are about. Furthermore, for those employees who still come into the office for work, we hold in-house happy hours, which we’ve found not only help to ease stress and celebrate the holiday season but encourage team building and creativity within the office.”
— Abi Mandelbaum, CEO of virtual reality company YouVisit

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