At this time of year, as we head into the festive season and many businesses start winding down for Christmas and the New Year it’s a good idea to start think about how you are going to prepare your organisation for the start of a New Year and to ensure that your employees are not coming back to chaos and hazards from what has the potential to be a distinctly unorganised period at the end of 2016.
Ensure your organisation is prepared for the new year with these tips from Praxis42.
Reflect on 2016
Take this time to reflect on the year you have had both personally, and as a business. Have you given praise where praise is due? One of the best things you can do at this time of year is to look at the success and failures that your business has encountered, and then look at the reasons behind them, this way you can prevent any failures from being repeated in 2017.
Ensuring your employees feel valued at the end of the year can help relieve pressure and stress that they may have been feeling, and as stress in the work place is one of the most common causes of days off in the UK, this is one of the most important things you should be focusing on with your employees.
Organise the Office/ Environment
Making sure that your office, or general business/organisation environment is organised and clean ready for the holidays is a good way to ensure that you do not come back to a mess, this way you can make sure that the first thing on the agenda after the break is for everyone to focus on their goals for the New Year and to be on the same page with where you want your organisation to be.
In the New Year a good thing to do is to implement a ‘clean desk policy’, this will ensure that each employee is responsible for the tidiness of their own desk space, and any mess that is created should be cleaned and organised before they leave at the end of the day. This can help to reduce stress and maximise organisation.
Have You Sorted Out The Paperwork?
We know that at this time of year the last thing you want to be doing is focusing on paperwork, but making sure your health and safety legislation and training certificates are up to date is imperative to ensuring you are abiding by the law within your business. Organising health and safety training days for your staff can help them to understand any potential risks and undertake risk assessment to prevent accidents from happening.
Keeping on top of your paper work will keep you in check of where you need to be, don’t leave this until the last minute where you could have an accident on your hands and no explanation of when your last legislation or training and risk assessment up date was.