Menlo Park, Calif. — Dec. 1
Not everyone will have time to deck the office halls this holiday season, a new Accountemps survey suggests.
Thirty-nine percent of workers interviewed said it is more challenging to manage their workloads during the holidays. The additional burden comes at a time when many professionals are already feeling the pinch: More than four in 10 respondents (41 percent) indicated their current workloads are too heavy.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with 459 workers 18 years or older and employed in an office environment.
"The holidays can be an especially busy time for many workers, who are trying to balance business priorities with personal demands," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies.
Accountemps says there are five "gifts" employers can give their teams to help manage end-of-the-year workloads:
Support. Ensure staff has the resources to complete their projects. Also consider bringing in skilled temporary staff who can assist with key initiatives and help maintain productivity.
Time. Employees may not feel they have enough hours in the day to meet all of the priorities competing for their attention. Help staff by encouraging them to leave early on a Friday or take an occasional long lunch to attend to errands.
Flexibility. To help employees better balance work-life demands, offer flexible schedules or telecommuting options to staff whose jobs do not require them to be on-site.
Thanks. Express your appreciation to staff members for their work throughout the year.
Fun. Keep the mood around the office from becoming too serious. Close the year with a department celebration, such as a group lunch or gift exchange, to build camaraderie.