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Why The Holiday Season Is Good For Productivity

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a time when many things are going on at once. Some of us have to prepare for Christmas parties, others have last-minute shopping to do, while still others are trying to finish up work before the holiday break starts. We’ve all heard that the holidays can be stressful, but let me tell you why I think they can actually be good for productivity.

It’s a chance for reflection.

The holiday season is a chance for reflection. This time of year gives you a chance to look back on what happened over the past year, and then look ahead at what’s in store for the next one. You can also reflect on your own life and think about what you want to do differently in 2023.

People also tend to spend more time with family during the holiday season than they do at any other point during the year. By spending time with loved ones, you will have less stress overall throughout the holidays (and possibly longer) while getting energy to discover new perspectives.

Employee appreciation.

You can have the best policies in place, but if your employees don't feel appreciated, you're going to have a lot of turnover. That's why it's important for employers to show their appreciation for their employees during this time of year.

There are several reasons why employees appreciate being thanked and recognized more during the holidays:

  • To be acknowledged is a basic human need that all organizations should tap into, especially during the holidays. In fact, it can be one of the most powerful motivators for employee productivity.

  • The holidays are busy. With so many activities going on both inside and outside of work, it's easy for employees to feel like they're not being heard or noticed when they need help or support from employers.

  • It helps build trust with customers. Employee recognition doesn’t just impact employees — it impacts customers as well! When customers see that you care about your employees, they will view your company as more trustworthy and reliable. This can help increase customer loyalty.

Thank them for their hard work

This doesn't have to be an elaborate gesture, just a quick email, handwritten note or even a small gathering letting them know how much you appreciate everything they do for the company.

Photo from our very own Holiday get-together. A handsome bunch right? 🤩

The holidays help you grow personally and professionally.

The holiday season is not only a great time to relax and rejuvenate, but also an excellent opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work during the holidays. But if you're able to take time out of your schedule for yourself and those around you, you'll be more productive when time comes for actual work—and that's really what we all want!

Here are five ways to make the most of your holiday break:

  1. Don't stress about your to-do list.
  2. Take a break from social media.
  3. Take time off work to spend with family and friends—and don't feel guilty about it!
  4. Go for a walk or run outside, even if it's cold!
  5. Eat well and get enough sleep—your body will thank you later!

When we return, we’ll return with more energy and enthusiasm.

As we enter the holiday season, our minds are filled with ideas and plans. We’re excited about what’s ahead. But once we return from our break, all of those good intentions may be forgotten—and as life goes on, it can be difficult to get back into the groove.

But there are ways that you can return from a break with energy and enthusiasm instead of feeling burnt out. Here's how:

  • Return with more energy by taking care of yourself while you're away. If you don't take care of yourself while on holiday (e.g. eating well and getting adequate sleep), then your body won't have the resources to come back fully charged when you return home.

  • Return with more enthusiasm by being open-minded; if something doesn't work out as planned, let it go!

  • Return with a renewed sense of purpose by setting goals for yourself before leaving; write them down on a notepad so they're top-of-mind.

  • Return with a fresh perspective that allows for creativity and new ideas going forward in life; use this time away from work to think about how else things could be done differently!


Ultimately, we’re all human. Whether we choose to work a little while away or enjoy the holidays with family and friends, rest and relaxation are crucial for a productive life. If you find yourself feeling like your productivity is suffering during this time of year, it may be time for some self-care!

Take some time off work if possible, get outside in nature, or just indulge yourself in something you enjoy doing regularly but don’t have time for anymore (for me personally it's watching an hour-long sci-fi series on Netflix).

You deserve it! :)

Niklas is the illustrious head of marketing at Relesys. He is quite possibly the world's best-dressed Star Wars fan.

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