Some organisations can face a Christmas shut down period without actually closing their doors if employees become distracted by Christmas preparations; chattering about who is buying for who in the secret Santa draw and not forgetting the ability to buy presents on-line in the comfort of their office. This, coupled with the general malaise around Christmas, can mean that work takes a little longer than usual.
If it is not essential that you remain open during the Christmas period, consider closing your offices. Employees’ annual leave can be used and, therefore, will not add any additional cost. If closing is not an option, offering employees a Christmas shopping day / half day can help focus them on business as usual in return.
Whilst you may allow employees access to the internet, be mindful that their usage could increase in the run up to Christmas thus distracting them from their work.
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