Five Ideas to Keep Staff Motivated During the Festive Season

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Vacations are always enjoyed by people as this is the time when working class citizens spend time with their family and loved ones. Hence, there's a bustle to pack excitement to all holidays. Being on holidays employees can simply lose motivation and focus. While looking it from the business prospect, productivity is sure to suffer. 

There is a lot that can be done for keeping the staff motivated and working, even towards year ending goals, starting from late November to early January. Employers and managers just need to implement a few easy solutions to keep the zeal on top even during holiday times. 

First of all, let your employees enjoy their holidays

While managing a business, it might be difficult for two employees to take the same day off. The workplace might be closed on Christmas, but it wouldn't be closed for four days in a row. So the best thing to do while managing a holiday crises would be to not interfere with the employees. So if you're looking out for your team to provide 100% output while missing on the valuable time with their families, you have to make it clear that you respect their work with equal value. 

Little or no holidays during the holiday season would only result in relentless staff that would most likely lose motivation for staying productive in the workplace. Rather than pulling in long term work hours, it's better to start discussing how much time can be taken off by them. Also, it's much better to make a systematic arrangement for holidays and setting a separate order for popular holidays. 

Recognize employees with gifts and thank you notes

According to Eric Mosley, CEO, Globoforce "The power of simple word thanks often gets unnoticed in the office culture." Employees who are thanked for a well-executed job get inspired and motivated for doing great work, they remain focused and continuously driven towards meeting job-specific goals. Further, they also remain happier and committed to their employer. According to 96 percent of the employees, being recognized lets them remain motivated towards the job. 

Whether you've gifted your staff the most beautiful faux boxwood hedge for home decoration or offered them a dinner voucher to their favorite restaurant, eventually all are bound to bring in inordinate outcomes. Combine meaningful performance reward with recognition and the emotional link between the employer and the staff becomes much enhanced, thereby increasing productivity. 

According to Kara Simon, general manager, 3 Cheers Recognition and Recognition "Providing your employees with handwritten appreciation notes will always bring in positivity." Reading the appreciation note would drive the employee to put in more efforts and achieve higher targets within fewer time periods. 

Let the employees celebrate

Supporting company employees for holiday celebration at work surely boosts staff morale and also further motivates them to achieve more. Another beautiful idea would be to decorate common areas and individual workspaces with artificial floral arrangements or organizing holiday gathering for keeping the drive high. Organizing corporate entertainment would be a great idea in motivating the workforce. 

Among the best times to show your appreciation to the employees is the holiday season. Organizing the last day meeting for reviewing year achievements and discussing the goals for the upcoming year would be a great way to create motivation among employees. Consider organizing an off-site excursion to create a strategic planning and team building amongst employees. 

Employers must understand the fact that the staff would more likely get exhausted and stressed out with the onset of holidays. It's better to accept that a little breathing room or a little time off would be required for the same. By being flexible on time, it's better to treat your employees like adults. As long as the workplace is kept productive, the company would keep getting better productivity even at the time of holidays.

Other incentives to employees

The benefits of this measure can't be overlooked, especially when it becomes available for free! Holiday offs are the right time when organizations can showcase that they care about their employees. And one method of doing this would be to provide perks like office food. According to the 2014 Seamless Corporate Accounts Food in the Workplace Survey, it was found that around 57 percent of respondents told that food-based perks made them more appreciated and valued by their employers, and 50 percent stated food available from the office also brings in more work satisfaction.

Other than food employers can also consider benefits of meditation and yoga. During holidays, when the stress levels are at peak, the need to de-stress becomes vital. Thus hiring a yoga/meditation specialist proves helpful in bringing in more productivity. 

Additionally, you can also provide your staff with flexible working hours as it's linked to bringing in better outcomes. This measure tends to work well at the onset of the holiday season when the staff is usually busy. Everyone knows that "command and control" do not remain effective management styles within the workplace. It's good to know the season and stop fighting it!

Create the atmosphere of festivities

For many franchises, specifically restaurant and retail franchises, decorations for the festive season remain essential for creating an atmosphere for festivities conducive to holiday shopping. However, by incorporating a little bit of holiday joy would also help in lifting spirits of the franchise employees. Simple ideas to change the environment would be:

  • Putting up fake plant Christmas tree
  • Providing festival hats to employees
  • Playing light holiday music
  • Putting up chocolates or festive cookies jar

Consider that it's good, voluntary and tasteful! The main fix here would be to convert the place to bring in an inviting and warm environment. Employees should not feel that they are not participating under pressure.

Following a well-planned timetable for holidays would ensure that your staff isn't getting exhausted to the point where they might lose work interest. With work hour flexibility and added incentives, it becomes possible for employees to put in more effort for their work and become much more prolific in a workplace. In addition to holidays, these tips are sure to help in any season!

Keeping Children at Ease at the Doctor's Office Made Easy

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No child loves going to the doctor's place, but some are extremely scared. The most common and not so surprising reason is no kid likes to be handled by a stranger apart from his/her loved ones. And it gets worse if your child has to get shots. It can be a confusing and at the same time a stressful experience. The fear of going to some unknown place and being handled by an unknown person can be an uncomfortable feeling for your toddler.

It's not about how well-behaved the child is, how well prepared the parent is or how well experienced the pediatrician is, your kid is not at all going to be enthusiastic about going to the doctors. However, this anxiety decreases along with age. Or rather their pattern of showing fear may reduce. Older children may remain silent while the younger ones will act it out. Acting out can be screaming, yelling at the doctor and the parents.But as parents, you can make an effort to reduce if not eliminate your child's fears.

Here are some tips which will assist your child to overcome the doctor phobia and make his next visit to the doctor a peaceful one

1. Accompany your child-Always make sure that you go with your child to the doctor's instead of grandparents, friend, relative or anyone else. It will ease his/her anxiety at least mentally and will be more confident about being at the doctor.

2. Role play the act-If your child is old enough to understand that he is going to the doctor's, you can act out the entire process in a fun way. It can be with his favorite toy, his friend or simply you both (The mother and the child) so he will be aware of the fact that it's not that scary visiting the doctor. You can play the part of the patient and then take the turn of the doctor to play.

3. Justify his fears-This is a tough call for parents. Many times we tell our kids not to be afraid and that everything is okay and that there is nothing to be scared of. But instead, these things can feel them worse because they think we aren't listening to them or we do not understand them. If they tell you that they are feeling scared about a particular thing talk it out, ask them why they are feeling scared. Talk about their fears and support them without telling your child how to feel.

4. Make your child comfortable-Each parent knows his/her child well. How to make your child comfortable rests solely on the parents, and they should know what will make their child mentally relaxed. For e.g. - make him/her wear his favorite clothing, let him/her carry the favorite bag which he/she likes.Don't fuss over that what your child should be wearing and what he should be not.

5. Bring his favorite toy-Does he likes his favorite red car? Or she fancies her pink doll? Carry these things while visiting the doctor.

6. Make your child something to look forward to-Don't make going to the doctor's place as some huge task or an extremely important work for your kid. Just tell him that's it's a normal thing to do, and it's not something overly difficult. Take your child to the nearby park after the visit to the doctors. Offer him a small gift like a pencil, a sticker or an ice-cream once you are back home. Knowing there is a reward after a stressful situation makes it easier for your child to deal with the more tense parts of the visit.

7. Bring his favorite snack –Does he appreciate cookies? Or she likes her favorite snack bar? Bring them along at the visit. It will make him feel more relaxed and at ease while facing the doctor.

8. Make the overall experience of going to the doctor's place a positive one-Instill in your child trust and good feelings about the doctor. Do him realize that he is going to give you proper medicines and that it will make him/her feel better.

9. Art therapy-You can take his/her coloring books at your next doctor's visit. As there is mentioned above, don't make the visit to the doctor's some task or important work. Art therapy works wonders, and it helps your kid's mind relax from the nervous feeling. Girls are fond of different flowers, and nowadays in the market, you get many kinds of attractive flowers. You can gift your little girl a lovely bouquet of artificial orchids or turquoise flowers. Or even better a nice bouquet of silk roses will make her day. The benefits of gifting your girl an artificial bouquet is you can keep it in her room as her reward, so she will remember it while going to the next doctor visit. It will be a positive influence on her making her doctor visits a less stressful one.

10. Don't make going to the doctor's like some punishment- never say to your kid that if he misbehaves or does not listen to you, then you will take him to the doctor or worse the doctor will give him an injection. This statement of yours will make matters worse, and the child may develop his fear into a phobia about the doctor.

11. Appreciate your child-If your child cries, starts shouting or over reacts never try to put him down by scolding or reprimanding him. Instead, appreciate that he/she is a brave and a strong child and that he can get through the visit very easily. If you as a parent stay positive, it will also help your child to stay active.

12. Tell your child what to expect- Never bluff your child saying you are taking him to the park or a ride and then take him to the doctor. He /she will develop a distrust for you which will increase his fear about the doctor even more. Instead, explain to your kid what is going to happen.

Top 10 New Year Gifting Options for Women

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Being a holiday, the New Year is celebrated throughout the United States. People either organize parties at home with family and friends or go out to attend public events to embrace the upcoming year with gala and grandeur bidding adieu to the passing year. New Year brings new hopes. Everyone let the bitterness of the previous year go and earnestly look forward to the new beginning. It is also the time to be joyous and send gifts to the near and dear ones.

Some women would never mind getting the same gift like a greetings card on every New Year. But, there are some who deserve something special. So you have to gift them something. For this, you need to consider your budget, her preferences and more particularly how long you are known to each other.

Here are some gifting ideas that may be helpful

1. Diamond ring

A glittering diamond happens to be the most favored gift of the women for ages. So, why not start the New Years with a diamond ring gift? Moreover, being endless, a ring is the perfect symbol of endless love and the New Years is the right time for celebrating this bond. This will be valued by her throughout the year. In spite of making a hole in your pocket, this should be the top on New Year's gift list. 

2. Jewelry box

If giving jewelry is too expensive for you, sending an elegant jewelry box can make a perfect New Years gift. Made of wood, these boxes come with ornate carvings and are also available with metal linings. These are ideal for keeping on the desk to hold many assorted beauty items. Try this, and she will be very happy.

3. Trendy handbag

Trendy handbags also make a very good New Years gift option for the women, especially if she is the outgoing type or had to hop a lot due to professional compulsion. No New Year fashion is complete without a trendy handbag that denotes both elegance and style. These are available in many color and design options and are very useful to the women as these can hold a lot of things inside. Just think of a style with cute finishing and gift it to her for celebrating this New Year.

4. Personalized gifts

As New Year is a special occasion, whatever gifts that you may send to her should be special. The best thing this is to send her a personalized gift. When you personalize any item, how much trivial that may be, it adds your warmth and compassion to the object. You can have limitless options of personalized items. You can personalize a desk clock with your joint photo or can gift a personalized coffee mug if she happens to be a coffee enthusiast.

5. Perfume

Perfumes create a very good New Year gift item. With the fragrance, it carries the joy and good wishes on the New Years Eve and for the whole of the coming year. Filling up her New Year with a bottle of perfume, you will stay in her mind.  Varieties of perfumes of different price ranges are available. You may choose anything. In case you cannot afford it, send your woman a cute body spray or deodorants instead.

6. Decorative items

New Year is the biggest and first celebration of the year; there is always a large party with family and friends to bid farewell to the passing year and also to embrace the coming year.  To make the celebration memorable, people decorate their houses with many things to give it a sparkling appearance. You can add to the list by sending her decorative trees, wax flowers, and artificial orchids as New Years gifts and she would appreciate your idea.

7. Fashion Accessories

You can never go wrong gifting fashion accessories to a woman. Women are naturally conscious about fashion, and they love to have such things any time of the year and especially while another year is just blooming. This can be anything from a nice leather belt, a silk scarf, fancy stoles, a cute locket for necklace or pair of sensual shoes. These are perfect for New Year's gift. 

8. LED jumping rope

Jumping ropes is a very good exercise, and the LED jumping rope makes a wonderful New Years gift for fitness conscious women. These unique jumping ropes have changed the workout landscape by throwing the statistics on your face. Using the LED sensor, it counts the number of jumps with every flick of the rope and can be synchronized with Android and iOS mobile phones.  You can also get one with calorie count option. Gift it to show how you care about her health and fitness.

9. Cat eye sunglass

This is the latest fashion craze of the women. Whether a woman is born with a round, square or oval shaped face, the cat eye sunglasses flaunt the beauty of all of them. These deliver a cool look on the sunny beach and being provided with UV protected glasses; she will be safe from the glare of the sun while camping on a sunny beach. Get one cute cat eye sunglass for her this New Year, to show your love and care.

10. Gift coupons

New Year is the time when everyone is showered with gifts, and this makes the process of choosing the perfect gift difficult. Everyone is after selecting a special gift, and you are not sure who likes what. So, why not let them choose their gift? Many shops offer a special gift voucher for the festive season, and you can consider one gift voucher. This is the safest options as she can get whatever she likes.

Varied Hues of Tulips to Vivify Your Surrounding

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Tulips basically hail from winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation or steppe. It prolifically survives in regions with cool, long springs and dry summers. However, this has not restricted its popularity from being spread across the world. Now, it can be artificially grown at your home or office. Many think that artificial flowers are hugely different from natural ones. Though this is a true fact, modern artificial flora production technology has changed the idea. Silk tulips can strikingly represent a range of beautifully blossoming tulips at your home.

Tulips are perennials that bloom in the spring from bulbs. If you adore the magnificent beauty of tulips and fantasize of being surrounded by these pretty blossoms, your fantasy can be enlivened now. You may live in a country where tulips are not a part of natural cultivation. However, these flowers are commercially produced in different regions across the world. Tulips are costly at places where it is not a native property. Even if you procure natural tulips, its beauty and blooming presence would be short-lived, only a few days.

Silk tulips would stay for years without requiring much maintenance. Silk flowers are growing popular today. You can decorate your interiors with a range of artificial silk flowers to attract visitors. Large silk tulips as well as small silk tulips can now be brought to your home or office. Artificial tulip plants would have a striking resemblance to natural tulip shrubs. Not only the flower, but the entire structure and look of a tulip plant can be imposed through silk tulip plants. Imagine the beauty of silky, colorful tulip petals with glossy green leaves and earthy brown stem. These tulips would stay at your home for years. You need not maintain, wash or cleanse it regularly. Silky blossoms would stun visitors. You can place these tulips anywhere at your office or home. If you need a more realistic feel, you can get these silk flowers planted in your garden amidst other flowers instead of in a pot. You can also build up an artificial garden consisting of vividly colored silk tulips. Such a garden at the entrance of your residence would not only stun visitors but passersby.

Tulips would automatically magnify your domestic surroundings. You can place these flowers on your table, in your garden, terrace, window, door entrance or some other place. The silky petals and leaves would invite you to touch these productions every now and then. Every visitor would feel that these are praiseworthy and is definitely going to point your intellectual interior decoration skills. Silky floral decorations at your home or office would create an amazing surrounding and make people feel that they are amidst the luxurious nature of spring. This amazing environment can be curved out just by a range of colorful, silky tulip flowers, which resemble closeness to nature. You will be able to buy silk tulips of different sizes and colors. Custom orders are accepted by commercialsilk.com.

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This step-by-step instructional video will demonstrate how to create seasonal plant designs by rotating and switching out outdoor artificial plant products from Commercial Silk Int'l.

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