5 Things Employers Should Do Before Next Year

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Mercifully we are nearing the end of the wackiest year in our lifetime. The virus, the hurricanes, the changes to work rules, the oddest election season in recent memory…I almost want to say “what’s next” – but I don’t dare! We are nowhere near close to where we thought we would be at this time last year. But we are where we are.

As we prepare to say good riddance to 2020, employers and HR professionals have some important work to do before the end of the year. Taking the time now to close out one year and prepare for the next will get us started on the right foot. Here are five things you should do in the next 30 days.

1. Employee Engagement and Appreciation

Take time to recognize the hard work, struggles and accomplishments of your employees. It hasn’t been easy trying to maintain a status quo, or even to survive in our companies. But we are near the end and it’s time to celebrate (in a physically distanced manner) or at least spend some time reflecting on what we have all gone through.

A note of thanks, a gift card, lunch sent to everyone’s home. There are many different options available and now is the time to think outside the box and truly say thank you to your employees. It’s also a great time to ask them about how they would like to start next year. How do they want to tackle the challenges of 2021? Getting – and using – their input will certainly help as you roll into January ready to take on the world.

2. PTO / Vacation Time Clean Up