5 Things to Do This Month: December 2012

Winter is approaching, and though it officially starts Dec. 21, many of you are already experiencing Jack Frost’s effects! Either way, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

‘Tis the Season
Squeezed between Thanksgiving and the new year, December is choc-full of holidays and special moments to be enjoyed with friends and family. Make sure you are sharing the same cheer you have outside of work with those in the office. Decorating and planning holiday parties are great ways to enjoy workplace camaraderie and celebrate a successful year.

Pay it Forward
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 all great ways your team can get involved to help brighten a child’s holiday season.

Reflect and Respond
December is a great time to take a moment to sit down with your staff and look back on the past year’s accomplishments and failures. Before you know where you’re going, it’s important to think on where you’ve been. Though you may see the big picture and understand what happened in 2012, it’s important to get others’ views and insights on what they experienced. Make a note of what the team saw as positives and negatives throughout the year and figure out what you can do to make 2013 that much more successful.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It
If you haven’t heard yet, the world is going to end on Dec. 21 – well, as the Mayan’s calendar suggests. Either way, this is a great way to look at how to approach year-end projects. The best way to handle the end of the year (or eternity!) is to make sure to tie up all projects and goals made for 2012. And while you’re at it, plan out the immediate needs after the New Year. You’ll be surprised how quickly they sneak up on you.

Fill Out So Not to Fill Up
More than likely, a good amount of your staff will take vacations this December. With family coming in or employees heading out for the holidays, your team may be depleted. Instead of getting behind on work and the office spiraling out of control, stay ahead of the curve and plan to use extra workers to subvert the swell season. Staffing agencies, like Express Employment Professionals, can provide a much-needed safety blanket to keep your company moving forward and innovative in your market.

What are you doing to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year this December? Let us know in the comments section below!

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