6 Things You Should Do Before The End of The Year
With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, it can be easy to let a few things slip by in anticipation for the well-deserved break. Whilst times are busy, there are a few things that you and your team should get together and do before the end of the year is upon us. Completing these things will end the year on a high, and leave you in great standing for the year that is ahead.
1. Gather and celebrate 2014
The work week is certainly not getting any shorter, so taking the opportunity to thank your staff for their efforts throughout 2014 is important in building a great work culture. Whether it is a Christmas lunch, a team building exercise or some after work drinks, get together and celebrate the year that has been and thank your staff for all of their hard work.
2. Set goals
Whilst it is not the time to sit down and write a comprehensive business plan, writing some goals as both individuals and a team is a great way to end the year. This will have you and your staff returning to work with a specific focus, and looking forward to the year ahead.
3. Get your books in order
If you’ve been avoiding certain tax bills, or have any outstanding invoices – take the time (or ask your finance team) to ensure that everything is finalised before the end of the year. There is nothing worse to returning to chaos, whereas leaving the year feeling like everything has been ticked off will ensure you have a relaxing break and look forward to returning.
4. Ask staff for feedback
The end of the year is a great time to ask staff to reflect on the year and offer any feedback for both you as a manager, as well as how the organisation operates. Over the Christmas period, you can read through this feedback and consider which of it needs to be implemented.
5. Donate to charity
At this time of the year, people are more focused on buying Christmas presents rather than philanthropy and helping the community. Whether it is for company image or out of the goodness of your own heart, plan a charitable donation to charity on behalf of your business. This will leave yourself, your employees and the charity feeling very pleased, and again end the year on a positive note.
6. Consider giving staff a bonus
If you’ve had a good year in business and can afford to give your staff a small bonus, then why not? After all, it is their work that has helped contribute to the success of the business. It doesn’t have to be a huge sum, or even in the form of money (a gift voucher is a good idea), but showing your staff you are appreciative of all their help will only do good things for employee satisfaction and productivity.
What do you think?
Is there anything else on your list to do before the end of the year? Whether you’re an employee or a business owner, I’d love to hear what has been happening around your workplace, and what your managers have put in place. Comment your views below.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.