How to be a great boss at Christmastime

‘Tis the season to be jolly. and peaceful. The season for spreading goodwill. And for winding down for the summer holiday.

Now is not the time to be pushing your team for results or demanding blood, sweat and tears. No. It’s the time to lighten up and thank people for their efforts over the past year. It’s the time to let them know you’re looking forward to working with them again next year. In short, it’s the time to switch your attention from the task to the team and its individual members.

Extra time at lunch or letting people leave early to do some Christmas shopping are good ways to appreciate peoples’ hard work. Nice decorations and a Christmas tree show you care about peoples’ welfare. A handwritten card wishing each team member and their family a happy holiday and thanking them for a particular contribution they’ve made during the year builds goodwill and loyalty.

As I wind down for a short break, let me thank casual readers and subscribers to this blog. I’m looking forward to catching up with you all next year. Expect to see a spiffy new banner at the top taken from the cover of the 6th edition, which is just out and hitting the bookshops now.

Meanwhile, I wish you all a restful, happy and joy-filled Christmas season, a fabulous summer holiday, and happy, healthy and prosperous ripper of a New Year.