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9 ways to keep employees motivated and productive during the holidays

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff | Dec. 3, 2014
HR experts and business leaders share their strategies on how to ensure employees are productive between Thanksgiving and just after the New Year.

8. Hold a wrapping party. "Let employees get gifts delivered to the office and hold a wrapping party," says Travis Furlow, head of Client Services, Alexander Mann Solutions, a provider of talent acquisition and management services. "Employees can share shopping tips and gift ideas, swap recipes for holiday meals and cocktails, and hold a contest for the most creative holiday out-of-office auto reply or ugliest holiday sweater," he says. "By acknowledging the holiday joy, you let employees know you value their efforts and contributions that help make your business successful."

9. Offer flexible hours. "It has been proven that by offering flexible scheduling, employees will be more productive when they are in the office," says Cord Himelstein, vice president of Marketing Communications, Michael C. Fina, a luxury bridal jewelry and registry retailer. "This is especially important during the holidays, when workers are personally busy."


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