Human Resources and Benefits

Help Employees Reduce Holiday Stress

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We all know the holidays often come with feelings of stress given the high expectations for the season.  Here are some helpful hints to keep your employees productive and healthy throughout the holidays:
  • Set Work Expectations:  Set clear and reasonable goals with your employees as to what work should be completed prior to holiday time off.  Encourage time management in daily tasks to manage the workload.
  • Encourage Physical Activity:  Create incentives to maintain your wellness program throughout the season.  Post healthy holiday tips, like drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly.
  • Communicate Holiday Pay:  If a holiday bonus is not in the budget this year, be sure to let your employees know so that they can budget their holiday expenses.  Communicate paid holidays so employees can schedule time off accordingly.
The IRS recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments for pension plans will, for the most part, remain unchanged for the 2010 tax year. This is due to the cost-of-living index for the quarter ending September 30, 2009, being less than the quarter ending September 30, 2008.


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