Where did 2013 go? It’s already December and we’re only a few short weeks away from starting a fresh new year. From Christmas to Hanukah to Boxing Day, the holidays seem to take center stage during this month. Here are a few items you may want to add to your to-do list in December.
Letter Writing Day (Dec. 7)
When was the last time you actually put pen to paper to let someone know you were thinking about them? In the age of email and text messages, taking the time to handwrite a quick message to an employee or colleague has become a very rare, but heartfelt gesture. On Dec. 7, take just a few minutes to send an employee a letter letting them know you’ve appreciated their work over the past year and look forward to 2014.
Prepare for Employees to be Gone
With the holidays comes holiday travel. As time off requests start rolling in, it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure business keeps moving along. From offering overtime to current employees to hiring part-time workers through a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals, don’t wait too long to put a plan in place to stay productive during the next few weeks.
Plan a Company Holiday Party
Everyone loves a party and some time to mingle with friends, family, and colleagues in a non-work capacity. A holiday party is a great way to show your appreciation for the hard work your team has been doing throughout 2013 and to help welcome in the new year with a bang. Time to relax and have some fun can also do wonders for workplace morale and help ease the stress of a busy workplace.
‘Tis the Season of Giving
We all have things to be grateful for, and this month is a wonderful time to share our blessings with others. Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating to a food pantry, or making a child’s Christmas wish come true, you can make a life-changing difference in another’s life. Opportunities like Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child and Salvation Army’s Angel Tree are great ways your team can get involved to help brighten a child’s holiday season.
Set Your New Year Resolutions
With the new year comes a chance for new beginnings. Think about the things you want to achieve in 2014 and build a plan to get you there. Having a system in place to help ensure you stay on track and stay accountable is one of the best ways to stick to your resolutions (the S.M.A.R.T. goals model is a great example). And if you need some extra motivational support, check out this previous post featuring a few quotes about achieving your goals from some of history’s greatest thinkers and leaders.
What other things are you going to do in the month of December? Let us know in the comments section below.