The holidays can be a stressful time for employers and employees. Along with holiday cheer comes attendance problems, low productivity, stress, and the issues surrounding holiday parties. However, these potential snags do not have to ruin the holidays for you and your employees this holiday season.
It is not uncommon for employers to see an increase in the number of employees calling in sick during the holidays, especially before and after a company holiday. Some employers, to reduce unnecessary absences during this time of the year, will require non-exempt employees to work the day before and after a company holiday to receive holiday pay. This policy is the norm unless the employee makes other arrangements in advance.
The holidays can be a period of low productivity at work. Shopping, vacations, and caring for the kids can cause employees to lose their focus during this time of the year. To boost work productivity, consider offering flexible work hours and possibly a holiday bonus. Company outings and office parties are great for boosting morale and giving your employees satisfaction with you as an employer.
Sadly, the holidays are not a time of great joy for everyone, and there is a good chance you might have employees who might be dealing with financial stress, depression, and illness. Try to help your employees manage financial stress by encouraging them to take advantage of financial resources available or budget planning seminars. Try to deal with mental health issues by encouraging employees to discuss their anxiety or depression and offer insights on how to manage the symptoms. Colds and the flu are common this time of the year. Try to promote good hygiene and encourage sick employees to stay at home to prevent the spread of germs. Persuading employees to get a flu shot is an option. However, you cannot require employees to get a vaccination.
Holiday Office Parties
If you are preparing to host a holiday party for the employees, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Insurance. Take the time to check with your insurance provider to determine what your coverage and liability are during the party. Workers’ compensation plans may cover an employee injured during a party.
- Compensation. If the party takes place during work hours, your employees should receive pay for the time spent at the party. If the party takes place elsewhere and is mandatory, your employees will probably expect to receive payment.
- Alcohol. Please consider the potential for liability when serving alcohol at company events. If you choose to serve alcohol, limit consumption, and serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Conduct. Tell your employees that they must act responsibly and that you will enforce workplace rules, dress codes, and anti-harassment policies.
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