Leading with Empathy during the Holiday Season
As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to note that it isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year” for everyone. Negative associations related to grief, strained relationships, or finances can be a looming distraction during the work day. Now is the time for leaders to step forward with empathy and support their employees.
Signs of Struggle
Keeping an eye out for warning signs can help you identify those facing holiday hardship. Consider the scenarios below:
- Lack of focus
- Uncharacteristic amount of mistakes
- Increase of absences and tardiness
- Low mood or negative attitude
While many wear their heart on their sleeve, it is impossible to know what goes on in every person’s head. Showing empathy to everyone ensures the most stoic strugglers don’t get left behind.
How to Support your Employees
Putting empathy in effect can be done in many different ways. Follow these thoughtful tips:
- Decrease the stigma around mental health by being transparent about your struggles and share how you get through hard times.
- Check in with your team regularly and acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult. Remind them that you are always available to listen.
- Express your appreciation through small gestures or office lunches.
- Ensure employees are aware of the mental health resources that are available to them.
Empathy at Infinia Search
Infinia Search was founded on the philosophy of work-life balance, and it remains a priority long after the holiday season. We are putting the mental health of our employees at the forefront this year by rolling out a Health & Fitness plan. It is our hope that this program will allow our team to receive the support they need through mental health resources, fitness classes, and memberships.
Being an emotionally-intelligent leader is more important than ever. It has been a difficult past year for many of your employees, and your kindness may be what carries them through the holidays.
We wish you a restful and stress-free holiday season!