‘Tis the season! As everyone preps for their holiday of choice and the snow flies (at least in Cleveland) it is a time to give thanks, be with family (as much as possible, thank you COVID) and most importantly to rest and recharge. Here are 3 reasons why giving your team the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a great idea.
1. Low Battery
The dreaded low battery alert on your phone can ruin your day, especially when it starts flashing at noon. Are you keeping an eye out for your team's low battery alert?
Too many companies aren't and ignore the signs of year-end fatigue. This has been quite a year, but this argument holds for any of the years to come. Give your team PAID time off between Christmas and New Year's day to refuel, recharge, and prepare for an even bigger and better year to come. The pay off here is far greater than any potential loss in productivity over that week off. When you give your team the time they need to relax and recharge, the reward when the New Year starts and business takes off will make it all worth it.
2. It's too common to ignore - Your employees' friends have that week off.
Trust me, every company gives time off during the holidays. Of course not ALL companies do, but it has become the norm rather than the exception. Giving that week off becomes a great culture and retention move because it shows that you care about your team members getting the time that they need for themselves. Not doing it could easily highlight to your employees that their friends work for more flexible and more generous companies, and could cause your employees’ eyes to wander to a job board. No one wants to feel that and you certainly don't want your employees feeling that.
3. Founders need to take time off too - Don't forget about yourself!
For your team and your org to be running at its best, you need to be at your best. That means you and your leadership team need time to be with family and recharge over the holidays as well. You can't take care of your team if you aren't taking care of yourself. Go enjoy your holidays!