This time of year can see employees losing their focus.

They’ve got a lot on their minds; Christmas presents to buy, outfits for the Christmas party to organise, children’s performances to see. All of which can have a huge impact on your staff’s productivity.

So how can you as an employer manage this? You could consider offering a degree of flexibility. Maybe give your staff a day off for Christmas shopping or a longer lunch break to enable them to get some pressing chores done. In return, you should find that staff are more focussed, and productivity should increase. Alternatively, offer staff an incentive to leave off once they’ve completed their daily tasks.

Whatever happens with your levels of productivity, this is a really good time of year to show your appreciation to your staff. If you don’t have a Christmas party, maybe bring in some sausage rolls and mince pies and stop and have a moment to thank everyone for their hard work in 2019.

Whatever strategy you take, it’s not unusual to experience a dip in productivity as staff wind down for the Christmas holidays. Don’t be the office Grinch, try to join in the festive spirit and give the staff a bit of a break.