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Struggling to stay on task

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: How would you rate your company’s productivity level between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?

  • So-so. We stay about average, but I’d like to see more, 56%
  • Exceptional. It is one of our most productive times of year, 24%
  • Bad. We have poor productivity through this time of year, 17%%
  • Apocalyptic. It couldn’t be any worse. Our workforce is entirely useless, 3%

“The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been a tough one for me. From the turkey/football hangover to anxiety about travel and family stuff for Christmas, my mind wanders during the time as well. The best thing is to have something active that people can work on during the time (like a project) with deadlines to keep employees engaged.” — Lance Haun