Holiday Crunch Time Calls for Higher Expectations: Advice from Your Dallas Staffing Company on Keeping Employees Engaged at the End of the Year

HolidayCrunchTimeThough the holidays are supposed to be a time of peace and togetherness, they also cue the end of the fourth quarter, and the start of a race to meet end-of-the-year deadlines for your company. This time can seem a little overwhelming rather than peaceful, as employee expectations reach new heights due to last minute tasks that must be done before the year is over. Many employees are also dealing with the stress of family responsibilities and holiday obligations that add even more to their plates. A lack of time can result in employees being assigned work that is not within their qualifications or job descriptions, which can bring along with it a good amount of tension between employees and managers.

While surpassing expectations with end of the year work is a positive habit for companies to have, employee engagement may suffer if expectations for their efforts are set too high. Employees should have the opportunity to engage in discretionary efforts on their own without being forced into work outside of their skill set. Fully engaged employees are at risk for reducing their commitment level when they are coerced into going the extra mile.

The employee’s experience with your company as a whole is important, and impractical expectations during one quarter can easily ruin an entire year of excellent employee engagement. To avoid risking a loss in engagement during the holiday season, your Dallas staffing company has some advice for you.
 

  • Anticipate stress among employees and look for ways to prevent it from destroying productivity in the workplace. Get ahead by taking a look at the calendar before the season starts and planning your workload around the holidays.
  • Be ready to answer any and all questions your employees ask when you put them on an unusual assignment. Have as much information as possible ready to hand over to them before assigning the task, and stay ahead of their expectations.
  • If you are asking for work that is not within an employee’s job description, acknowledge that you know you are asking for a lot and offer to help him or her in any way you can. Let your employees know how thankful you are when they complete these tasks, and recognize their efforts verbally.
  • Be accommodating and flexible with employee work hours and do not let the iron fist come down on employees with alternate scheduling requests. Inform others about any scheduling changes to avoid confusion and wasted time during the workday.
  • Finally, make sure your employees are taking on extra work outside of their job descriptions because they want to help, rather than because they are afraid of the consequences if they do not pull through.
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    If you are in the market for employees who will go the extra mile when you need them the most, contact SUPERIORHIRE, your Dallas staffing company, today. We will only present candidates to our clients who are ready for growth and have more capability within themselves they are currently using.