We have all heard of the term “going troppo”, but what does that mean from an employment sense?
This time of year is often the most challenging for both employees and employers with work pressures increasing (along with the temperature). As the end of the year starts to creep up, both officers and managers try to avoid taking leave with Christmas just around the corner, which can often lead to tension being built up in the workplace.
To add to this stress, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for the majority of people. In these unprecedented times, employees have had to adapt and work from home, home school children, say goodbye to loved ones over devices and be separated from family and friends.
These factors combined will make this Mango Season even more challenging to get through this year. Unfortunately, this time of year often will see good employees resign or behave in ways that are out of character. So, what can you do to help?
- Give recognition. Right now, staff are likely hearing negative news all around them and therefore a pat on the back is more important than ever.
- Be considerate of your colleagues. If you notice them acting out of character, ask them, “Are you ok?” See if there is some assistance or support that you can provide.
- If you are struggling, ask for help and manage expectations.
- Be reasonable with timeframes and workloads. This applies to both managers and employees.
- Ensure that staff are aware of any Employee Assistance Program that may be available to them and communicate how these programs can be accessed.
- If possible, take extra time off over the Christmas break so that you start the new year refreshed.
Remember, you spend a lot of time with your colleagues, so don’t do something this mango season, that you may regret.