Almost every single year since Crisp’s inception, we’ve done a year-end holiday blackout for the entire team.
What does that look like?
At the end of December, from Christmas through New Year’s, we shut down our office, give everyone paid time off, and have them come back in January.
I’ve had many people question why we do this, but the answer is really simple.
All throughout the year we do a strong push month after month. We have targets for the entire company, as well as every respective department — those are all hit before we leave for the year.
So, what better way to show our appreciation for a job well done than to give the team a chance to spend time with family and friends, go on vacation, and just relax?
Not only does it serve as a light at the end of the tunnel and something for the team to look forward to, but it also is a great way to reward them for their input and contributions that allowed us to hit those goals in the first place.
In my experience over the years, I have found that people are distracted during this time anyway, so trying to battle it out for attention when you’re up against the year’s biggest holidays is a futile effort. Instead, we do our planning for the next year in quarter four and take the time we have in office at the end of the year to make our plan of attack for January.
It just makes so much more sense to give your team the time to rest, restore, and come back refreshed and ready to go in the next year so we can hit the ground running.