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How not to treat your employees during the holidays

12/16/16 11:10 AM

Studies have shown that 4 out of 5 employees prefer benefits over a pay raise. When giving employees a benefit, such as time off, be sure to respect their time and hard work.

In this day and age, it is difficult to unplug and suspend all communication with work and your employees. Even those employees that are known to answer quickly can dread seeing a message from work during a holiday or a day off.

On one hand, it is necessary to put yourself in your employees' shoes and understand why it is important to take a much needed break from work to unwind with friends and family.

In fact, studies show that placing an “always on” expectation on employees can hurt job performance.

It can be easy for your employees to jump to conclusions when seeing a message from someone important at work and begin to panic over what the issue may be that is so important that it cannot wait, distracting them from their holiday time. Employees constantly “on call” can also experience anxiety and exhaustion.

On the other hand, you as a boss or manager knows that some work matters simply cannot wait, or you just want to send a quick message to avoid forgetting while the office is closed. But even me—the person who checks my inbox during off-hours and saves responses in drafts—I dread the idea of seeing an email from my boss on Thanksgiving”, adds Sara McCord from The Muse. Employees may begin to resent their bosses for bothering them when it seems the issue was never a big deal in the first place. The Muse suggests if you absolutely need to send a message, preface it with “I just didn’t want to forget” or “no need to reply”, and skip all small talk and get right to the point.

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