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It’s finally time for the much needed (and well-deserved) end of year break. Whether you’re off work for one week or a few days, the Christmas period is generally a time when everyone starts to wind down and the pace slackens, unless you work in retail! One person that doesn’t receive down time is Father Christmas, though if he didn’t leave all his work to the last month, he might be a bit more on top of things. For a bit of Christmas joviality, we thought we’d analyse The Telegraph’s Christmas Eve in figures article in order to extract vital management and study tips from someone who truly pulls it out of the bag at the last minute.

1) Offer regular rewards

When driving your staff for constant productivity in busy periods, ensure that they’re properly compensated. According to The Telegraph, Santa’s eight reindeer need a little less than three million helpers to properly carry the combined 461,300-tonne weight of the world’s presents. This is without taking into account the massive numbers of workers required to build, organise, stack and load the high volumes of gifts back at the North Pole. To conduct his business fairly (without facing strikes and other union action) and maintain employee motivation, each reindeer is given food and drink at each house, and the elves treated to endless streams of hot chocolate (according to popular media).

The lesson to take from this is to constantly reward employees. Positive reinforcement and incentives maintain morale in busy periods- in some industries these busy periods are expected and prepared for (e.g. Amazon at Christmas time), yet a motivated employee won’t mind putting in the extra effort.

2) Plan things ahead of time

With 212,030,000 miles to travel in one night and carrying an intensely heavy load, Santa’s course needs to be scrupulously planned in order to meet his targets. The months preceding Christmas would also be subject to a meticulous workplan and organised management, taking into account material suppliers, possible complications and possibly veterinary visits for his overworked sleigh pullers.

Especially where a new project is concerned, planning and preparation stages are key to study or work. With online study, working up a diary of time slots for certain activities and remaining consistent each week helps you keep a regular rhythm. While at work in a managerial position, a documented plan for you and your employees to follow keeps everyone on the same page and working towards the same goal.

3) Give a little

Corporately, Christmas is generally a time of increased business as a result of mass consumerism, but the spirit of the season is also important when nurturing relationships between partners. Whether you belong to a business large, small, or are a self-employed business owner, dropping in on partners with modest gifts as thanks for their custom could go a long way to improving your client relations. Obviously, this depends on your current relationship with clients and whether you think it would be appropriate so use as needed- if you think about it Santa is a little intrusive.

These were three things we could learn from Father Christmas’s winter habits. Everyone at CUC online hopes you have a fantastic Christmas holiday and enjoy the festivities. If you’d like to contact us over Christmas to study our online management and accounting courses for the February intake, our seasonal opening hours are below:

You can reach our recruitment team by Freephone 08081 789 636 on:

23th December – 9am – 3pm

24th – 28th – Closed

29th – 30th – 10am – 6pm

31st – 9am – 4pm

1st – 3rd January – Closed

Normal office hours will resume from the 4th of January 2016. Once again, from all of us at Coventry University College online- Season’s Greetings.

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