Halloween decorations and candies are already ubiquitous in stores. That means Thanksgiving and the various December religious holidays aren’t far behind. What tricks and treats do you have lined up for your employees to help them manage the frequently conflicting personal and professional priorities that arise during the holiday season?

Offering up flexible work options and other productivity-boosting measures well in advance of the holiday season has a couple of huge organizational benefits. First, employees will be more focused, industrious, and engaged with the ability to exercise a little extra control over their own destinies during that overcommitted time of year. Second, leaders can manage scheduling and workload proactively rather than haphazardly when forced into fire drill mode by unanticipated absenteeism and other erratic actions taken by conflicted staff. 

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