Over the past few years, it seems that more and more employers are deciding to shut down during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day--a characteristically slow time of the year for most companies. Despite this trend, a recent survey by staffing service Robert Half reports that 59% of workers plan to be in the office at least part of the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, and 79% of those people expect to be productive--if only "somewhat" productive.
But, when it comes to deciding whether or not to shut down for the holiday week, there's more to the equation than dollars and cents. Many employees are beginning to feel that this is a benefit that should be given out to every worker.
So, what's a boss to do? Here are 5 good reasons why you should not give your employees the holiday week off. Can you think of any others?
1. You can immediately decrease employee morale
Everyone wants time off during the holidays. They want to use it to spend with friends, family, and anyone else who drops in for the festivities. So, what better time is there to ask members of your hard-working team to come in against their will? They'll thank you in return with decreased morale and loyalty.
2. You'll find interesting new ways to wear out your employees
The holiday season can get so busy that vacations aren't even really vacations; instead of relaxing and enjoying the festivities, we spend most of our time running errands and completing menial tasks. What could be a better addition to our exhaustion than more time in the office? Nothing, probably, so be sure not to close your doors this winter.
3. You'll dramatically decrease office productivity
When our minds are on something else, it's nearly impossible to be efficient getting work done, no matter how soon the deadlines are. Maximize the amount of daydreaming people do in the office by paying them to sit at their desks and look up recipes for the best Christmas turkey--or look for a new job--all while your projects go unfinished.
4. You won't be able to save on your operating costs
Rather than making the economically sound decision to save on operating costs--that are often barely worth the marginal profit--by closing your workplace, it definitely makes more sense to keep the business open during the holidays simply on principle. Why in the world should you take the time to check whether or not the costs are actually worth the profit?
5. You'll have the rare opportunity to forgo better talent
Companies that are less stingy vacations and time off have been shown to attract those who work harder and more efficiently in the time that they do work. Why not miss the opportunity to attract and retain the best people by staying open during the holiday week?