Christmas is very much akin to Marmite - some people love it and others would rather it never came in their house. Whatever your personal preference its important to be aware of the added pressures of the holiday season - and how these pressures can be unduly affecting your workforce.
Christmas has become extremely profitable for the retailers - and this no doubt puts extreme financial pressure on the customers. Children, wives and husbands all seem to gravitate towards presents which are increasingly more shiny, and costly! With every day Christmas draws near your employees will be less focused on the task at hand - and more concerned with their rising debt, or inability to find the 'perfect present'.
Now more than ever its important to set clear goals with your team. This allows them to focus on their job - and leave their worries at home. By having a structured day it is a lot easier for people to get stuck in.
Pay attention to those who are struggling and support them - if you don't you may end up with a few less employees over the coming weeks...
OK so it might seem that what I am about to say is ludicrous - but I assure its true, and there is a wealth of scientific evidence which will back me up - bonuses are not always the answer, some people are just not motivated by money and will feel insulted...
Don't make the age old mistake and automatically give everyone a bonus - talk to your team and find out what they want. Some people want the opportunity to spend an extra day at home with their family - and this is often a far cheaper option!