Give Employees Incentives to Stay Motivated at Work During the Holidays
Home care workers, like other employees in service-based industries, don’t really get a break during the holidays. Clients’ needs are a top priority around the holidays with cold weather, illnesses, loss, and loneliness weighing on their minds.
The demands of the job can be difficult for caregivers and office staff alike during the holidays. Providing holiday incentives or bonuses can keep employees engaged and motivated, even when they’re asked to work longer hours.
Simple ideas like gift cards, treats and thank you notes can go a long way. Wherever possible, holiday bonuses or an additional 1-2 days of PTO can also spread joy to your employees as well.
Another idea could be offering health-related bonuses or incentives to motivate your staff to stay active around the holidays. Encourage caregivers’ and office staff to track their steps or exercise around the holidays and provide daily or weekly rewards.
Some companies have seen success in creating friendly holiday challenges or competitions amongst employees. Something like the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge, for example, can help your employees learn gratitude in the workplace and in their personal lives.
Encourage Giving Back
Around the holidays it’s easy for us to get caught up in our own lives and personal needs. As an agency owner or member of a leadership team, set the example of giving back this holiday season.
Giving back can look like volunteering at a local shelter, donating to local charities, giving gifts to a neighborhood family in need, inviting friends in need over for meals, or participating in community gatherings around the holidays.
In the home care industry, we are constantly providing service and turning outward for our clients. Find ways for your team to serve and give back as a company. Offering collective service can unite your team and help the company remember the reason for the season.
As your agency makes it a priority to turn outward together and individually around the holidays, you can expect to see increased motivation, appreciation and productivity from your team.