‘tis the season to improve engagement.

  • workforce insights
  • November 14, 2017

The holiday season is inching its way into the workplace, and employees are beginning to reflect on the year and re-evaluate their overall job satisfaction. Before they do so, you can end the year on a high note by giving employees what they want this holiday season. So what do workers love most about holidays in the office? New data from Randstad US suggests:

The data suggests that workers value relationships, and opportunities to connect and spend more time with colleagues and their families are more appreciated than structured celebrations. Here are four tips employers can use to increase happiness and engagement in the workplace as we enter this cheerful time of year.

time off.

It’s tough to balance heavy year-end business demands with employees’ desire for more flexibility and paid time off — especially for businesses with many younger employees. While company objectives need to be met, reevaluate how costly it would be to find new talent as a result of turnover due to a rigid work schedule, especially around the holidays. More than half of employees surveyed (62 percent) said they plan on taking vacation around the holidays, but 52 percent say their company gives no additional time off during the season. Retain your employees by accommodating their growing desire for a more flexible work schedule.

holiday bonuses.

Considering passing on this year’s holiday bonus check to save money? Reconsider. According to Randstad’s findings, 34 percent look forward to getting a bonus. This could be your best opportunity to retain talent as majority of employees report wanting a holiday bonus over a holiday party. While pay increases are often cited as one of the most effective ways to decrease turnover rates, Payscale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report found that only 20 percent of employees believe that they are paid fairly. Get ahead of high turnover with this extra token of gratitude.

philanthropic initiatives.

Don’t be an Ebenezer Scrooge and fail to give back to the community. In fact, 75 percent of employees find it important for companies to participate in philanthropic initiatives around the holidays. Notably, Gen Z and Millennial employees tend to gravitate toward employers who make a conscious effort to include service in company culture. Ultimately, taking on charitable actions will reflect on your employer brand and values as a company.

festive holiday parties.

Cultivating a positive work environment through festive work gatherings can be crucial to employee engagement. Although employees prefer their holiday bonus and time off, over half of employees appreciate a more spirited office atmosphere. Eighty-seven percent of workers say holiday celebrations give them a greater opportunity to interact with coworkers and build relationships. Therefore, if your organization can’t include some of the perks mentioned, know that holiday parties still hold merit in the workplace.

It’s essential to keep your employees happy this time of year. Keep the holidays a joyful occasion, and enter 2018 on a high note. For more tips on how to attract, retain and engage your employees, visit Randstad’s Workforce360.