The workplace can be a stressful environment. In addition to being under constant pressure to perform at their best and meet deadlines, employees also have to deal with a near-constant state of uncertainty and job insecurity (especially in the wake of widespread layoffs in early 2023). Today’s workers feel more anxious, depressed, and burnt out than ever before.
As 2022 draws to a close, many organizations are preparing to hold end-of-year or holiday parties for their staff. These gatherings can be great opportunities for companies to show their appreciation for their employees' hard work, for staff to connect with each other socially in ways that build camaraderie and strengthen the company culture, and for organizations to acknowledge and participate in society-wide seasonal celebrations and mark the transition to a new year.
As an organization develops its DEI strategy, its HR team will likely shoulder much of the responsibility for bringing everyone onto the same page of understanding and action.
With the Great Resignation exacerbating the staffing shortage, this is the ideal time for organizations to implement a forward-fill strategy that emphasizes five key areas.
With a bit of planning and the implementation of three simple (and low cost) strategies, leaders can ease the transition to back to in-office routines and leverage a rare opportunity to build greater unity.