Maintain productivity without being Scrooge

Maintain productivity without being Scrooge

‘Tis the season to celebrate, and caterers are reporting an uptick in office holiday and year-end parties this year. If your organization isn’t holding an evening or weekend party, take these precautions so your staff can have fun without work suffering:

  • Check the schedule. In planning a celebration, be aware of the staff’s deadlines and other commitments. Pick a time when your staff can focus fully on enjoying themselves. And don’t leave another department waiting for something while your staff is out enjoying an extra-long lunch. 
  • Move off site. Celebrations in the office can distract other departments and leave some employees out, such as those who must answer the phones. Holding an event nearby provides a clean break from—and return to—work.
  • Set the end. Don’t issue an open-ended invitation. Include the starting and ending times. Remember that the staff also will take its cue from you, so don’t slip silently back to your desk.

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