Often these days we find that the boss is even too busy to take the time to speak with staff individually. It is a great idea to use days such as Melbourne Cup or a Christmas event to reconnect with staff. Celebratory events often make bosses more approachable.
In some positions staff work autonomously and often need to feel that they are part of the team. Using work gatherings such as a Christmas party or a Melbourne Cup event, can bring your workforce together. Staff unity often leads to staff feeling connected and can deliver an individual sence of belonging to a team.
It is amazing the difference in staff morale after an event of this kind. All bosses know that having happy staff leads to less staff issues & less staff turnover. We know that the cost of these events can often be a factor for companies, but the reward businesses receive is often seen on the bottom line & not on an invoice. Productivity increases, staff conflicts dissolve, less hiring expenses of replacement staff & an increase in staff correctly executing procedural tasks, as they have a relationship with whom that uncompleted task can affect.
So celebrate the big & small events knowing that, so called unproductive time is just the opposite. Enjoy.