As the temperature starts to plummet and the familiar tunes of Christmas carols begin to echo, it signifies the unofficial beginning of winter, but more importantly, the holiday season. The holiday season is one of the most hectic times of the year for businesses, with everyone scrambling to get last-minute gifts for their friends and family, leading to a sharp incline in sales during the months of November and December. Oftentimes, such a drastic change in pace and culture over those few months can have a negative effect on the mental health of employees.
Let’s talk about workplace mental health during the holiday season
Oftentimes, the mayhem of the holiday season can be hidden behind the significant increase in sales that many businesses see during the holidays. It can go ignored and unseen, as a business’s ultimate goal is to maximize profits, after all. However, the severity of the season is not something that should be thrown to the side, since it can have serious repercussions on the mental well-being of many employees.
Employees typically get 1-2 days off per week, however, under such intense circumstances during the holiday season, it is in their best interest that they are given a longer period off. The stress that comes with the mayhem of the holiday season is tough to overcome in a single day. Many employees find themselves unprepared for such an immediate shift in their work environment and can have a difficult time properly making the transition. Luckily, holiday break comes just in time to give employees a chance to unwind and relieve themselves of any worries that may have sparked from work.
Looking at the bigger picture
Employees are not the only ones that struggle to get through the holiday season, as businesses entirely often struggle with keeping their products in stock, during such high demands. The break gives businesses a cool-down period, allowing them to replenish their supply and prepare to return to work when the break comes to an end. Having made it through one of the busiest times of the year sheds light on the idea that the difficult times will get easier.
Why holiday breaks are ultimately effective
A significant moral boost is also present when employees are able to have more time to spend with their friends and family, which consequently leads to a more productive work environment. They are in good spirits and tend to work more efficiently as a result of it, which ends up benefiting the business in the long run. Productivity, such as that, would be unlikely to occur if it were not for the employees being given holiday breaks to decompress and recoup.
Overall, the significance of a holiday break for both employees and businesses cannot be undermined, as it gives them both an opportunity to cool down after months of persevering through one of the most chaotic times of the year.