How to Prepare Your Staff for the End of 2014

December 5th, 2014

Whether it flew by in a flash or seemed to drag on forever, the year is quickly coming to an end. December can be a very busy month, so it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you’re prepared for the frenzy that can ensue when pairing a large number of time off requests with year-end deadlines.

The new year is the ideal time for a fresh beginning, so you need to ensure your employees are ready to wrap up 2014. You can’t start the new year with a clean slate if you’re still busy wrapping up loose ends from the previous year.

Preparing Your Staff for the End of 2014

Already looking ahead to 2015? Use the following three tips to properly close out the current year:

Request Feedback

The end of the year is a great time for reflection. Ask your employees to provide feedback on areas where they feel your organized shined and suggestions for improvement on things you could have done better. Taking the time to look back is a great way to wind operations down for the year.

Hold a Planning Session

Gather your team together to start planning for next year. Discuss new projects, ideas and initiatives to take on and create an actionable timeline. Use the feedback garnered on this year’s performance to change policies and procedures that didn’t work so well during 2014. Using the time at the end of the year to create a strategic plan for 2015 is savvy move that allows your team to get off to a strong start at the beginning of the new year.

Create a Holiday Coverage Schedule

During the holidays, most employees want to take time off to spend with their families and friends. As a good employer, you want to satisfy as many of these requests as possible, while ensuring there’s enough people on hand to satisfy business needs. Ask employees to submit their holiday time off requests early, so you can create a schedule that accommodate as many people as possible.

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