As the holiday season approaches, a time often associated with joy, family, and festivities, it’s important to recognize that for household staff members, this time of the year may not always bring the same sense of cheer. As the holidays roll in and families are all excited about the festivities, it’s important to think about the things that the household staff that ate helping out around the house might be dealing with. There are many reasons that a household staff member might not be feeling the holiday cheer and as employers, what can you do to help make that person feel better or supported over the holidays? Here are some of the reasons that domestics can possibly feel a bit turned off over the season.
The holiday season can bring about a surge in responsibilities for household staff. From decorating the house to hosting events, there’s often an uptick in tasks that can lead to longer working hours and added pressure. Staff members may feel overwhelmed by the increased workload, especially if it comes without clear communication or support.
Expectations vs. Reality
The discrepancy between expectations and reality can contribute to discontent. Sometimes, staff members might have certain expectations regarding time off, bonuses, or appreciation during the holidays. If these expectations are not met or communicated, it can lead to feelings of disappointment.
Absence of Personal Time
While many people look forward to holiday breaks, household staff members may find themselves working harder during this time. The demand for their services during family gatherings and events can mean sacrificing their own holiday plans, contributing to feelings of isolation or a sense of missing out.
Lack of Recognition
The holiday season often brings a spirit of gratitude and appreciation. If household staff members feel overlooked or undervalued during this time, it can lead to discontent. Recognition, whether through a simple thank-you or a thoughtful gesture, can make a significant difference in morale.
Effective communication is key, especially during the holiday season. Misunderstandings about expectations, scheduling, or time off can cause frustration. By actively communicating with your staff, it will work in your favor in preventing issues so that both you and your employee are on the same page. Sitting with your staff and possibly connecting with them on a deeper level to really connect is something to consider.
While many anticipate holiday bonuses, some household staff members may experience financial stress if these expectations are not met. Clear communication about bonuses or any financial arrangements can alleviate this stress and contribute to a more positive working relationship.
Recognizing and addressing the factors that may contribute to discontent among household staff during the holidays is essential for fostering a harmonious working environment. So, if everyone in the house is on the same page, it can really create a happier environment. Making sure everyone is on the same page, and making sure everyone feels respected and that what they do for you is validated by giving credit when credit is due makes the holidays a little nicer for everyone. And if families understand what the household staff might be dealing with, we can all pitch in to make this festive season a supportive time for everyone.