Employee Training, the Holiday Season, and You

The holiday season is upon us, and for those of you in any sort of management role, you know that it isn’t just about decorating the office, signing up for a pre-Thanksgiving potluck, or drawing a name for Secret Santa. Here soon, the workplace is probably going to resemble a ghost town. The holidays tend to open a revolving door while everyone takes vacations with family or travels just to eat up the last of the year’s paid time off before it’s gone. And even when everyone is present and accounted for, focusing on the work gets harder and harder the closer we get to one of the major holidays coming up on the calendar. So how can you help your employees and colleagues stay on top of training schedules, or even just the everyday to-dos at work in the meantime? Your professional experts at Conductor have a few tips for you to try out this holiday season. Shake things up It might seem counterintuitive to disrupt the usual routine when it’s already in jeopardy from employees taking advantage of PTO and holiday festivities, but now might actually be the perfect time to consider shaking things up around the office. If it doesn’t throw too much of a wrench in business for your clients or customers, you can always try staggering your employees’ training schedules. That way, if a vacation cuts in the middle of one person’s training program, you simply change things around and have him or her start that course after the holiday. Someone who plans to stick around and work can have that time to complete...

Workplace Gratitude

It’s the season of giving thanks, but that doesn’t have to apply only at home or among close friends. At work, we sometimes find ourselves getting burned out or feeling unappreciated by the year’s end. And with a series of holidays, vacation time, and other engagements, it can get difficult for employers and managers to stay in touch with the rest of the team. It’s well worth it to find time to thank your employees and show them just how grateful you are for all their hard work. Not only does it boost company morale, but you’ll find that professionals who feel appreciated are often more motivated to complete their tasks in an efficient and timely manner. So what’s good for them is good for you – and your business! Free food No matter the profession or industry, there are few people who will turn down free food – especially when it’s on the boss’s or company’s tab. The holidays present the perfect opportunity to bring in-office lunches or breakfast treats to the workplace to say thanks. Or, you can ditch the theme altogether and leave some donuts or snacks in the breakroom anyway. There doesn’t need to be an occasion for you to thank the staff, or for enjoying some scrumptious eats. Team outings Depending on how tightly-knit your staff is, a team outing might be just what your employees need to feel appreciated. By organizing a dinner out, a bowling night, laser tag – whatever you think they’d enjoy, and that your budget will allow – you’re showing your employees that you think they deserve a break...