This is the most wonderful time of the year for lists – “Best of” for 2018, trends and predictions for 2019, New Year’s resolutions and more. Santa’s making a list and checking it twice, and you can do the same for your business or department to help review what worked, what didn’t work and what plans you want to make for January and beyond.
Industry pubs like Employee Benefit News are weighing in with three trends that might make your “nice” list for 2019: voluntary benefits such as employee purchase programs, group legal insurance plans and student loan benefits. Benefits managers are likely already evaluating new products and possible benefit changes for the upcoming season, and voluntary benefits like these offer many advantages.
On the naughty side, the Coaches Council at Forbes has a list of 13 employee benefits that don’t actually work (looks like it’s time to return that foosball table and stop with the free food).
One of the most effective ways to use a list might be to reward your team’s great work and show your appreciation for them this holiday season. Keep a “nice” list to record accomplishments, including the person responsible and how their efforts resulted in a win for the company or department. You can share these reflections with your team to publicly recognize someone, and you can also personally reap the benefits of focusing your mind on the positive around you, rather than becoming a Grinch who emphasizes the negative.