Two years ago we started a holiday stand down period. What this means is that operations continue as usual, but the team does it all from home. We had noticed that business slows down considerably between Christmas and New Year’s, and likewise the need for customer service slows way down. So, starting a couple of years ago we decided to let employees work the week between Christmas and New Year’s from home. We still have our morning huddle every morning and standing meetings still take place, but they’re all done over Google Hangout Meets.
This last holiday season we did the stand down for the last two weeks of the year. We noticed that business actually starts to slow down three to four days before Christmas so we figured we’d extend it. It worked out pretty well. Everyone still got their work done and they did it from home.
If you’re in the business to business service industry, Erik recommends giving it a shot. You may find that the work will still get done, while giving everyone a chance to spend some time with their families at the same time.