The festive season has rolled around yet again and often it can fly by too fast without being fully appreciated. I personally love Christmas, it provides a couple of days where family is first and business is second (something that unfortunately, seldom happens when you are running a small business). If you need to work on Christmas Day, your business has serious problems!

As with any break away from work, the lead up is generally hectic trying to get everything in order for the period when you aren’t in the office. Simple courtesies pass by the wayside without thought or consideration. But before you leave the office to head away for the holidays, it is invaluable to put some time aside to let your staff know how much you appreciate the hard work they put in throughout the year.

For me this year, ‘thank you’ was a simple (but personalised) gift for my staff and a couple of private minutes with each of them individually to tell them how much I appreciate the work they put in during 2012. Needless to say there were hugs and handshakes flowing and a positive outlook for 2013!