Wedding season is in full swing, which means over a million couples will be tying the knot throughout the next 6 months.
As any current or past bride (or groom) will tell you, wedding planning these days can be a full-time job. Studies have found that the average wedding takes 250 hours to plan. And when someone has a full-time job, how do they do it? Well 90% of brides have admitted to wedding planning while at work. Between emailing vendors, shopping for dresses, picking out the invitations and just staring at their new, shiny, engagement ring, there’s a lot to do and only so many hours in the day to do it.
As someone who’s currently planning my own wedding, I’m definitely in that boat. Vendors only respond during normal business hours, emails are coming in constantly reminding you of new tasks to get done and all the research you should be doing is just a click away. The distractions and temptations are real, and I’m sure it’s only going to get worse the closer to the wedding it becomes.
So what’s an employer to do? The first step is to simply keep them engaged (pun intended). Meet with them weekly to discuss what’s on their to-do list, give them consistent feedback on what they’ve accomplished and make sure they have resources and support. If your employee continues to feel motivated and appreciated, it will be easier for them to stay focused on work-related tasks.
In addition to keeping them engaged, remember to keep them happy. The occasional free lunch, fun outing or after-work happy hour can do wonders. And don’t forget to acknowledge and celebrate their big occasion! After they get engaged, a nice card and a bottle of champagne will be sure to put a smile on their face. Ask them how wedding planning is going, hook them up with connections you may have in the wedding industry, or even throw them a small wedding shower. Feeling loved and supported will make them happy to be at work, and happy employees=productive employees.
Errand Solutions is made for situations like this. Not only do we save employees hours of time, but we can even help plan their wedding! One of our concierges is currently assisting a customer with just that. So far, they’ve helped address the invitations, researched and scheduled hair and makeup vendors, and picked up bridesmaid dresses. By letting us take care of their personal to-do list, employees can better focus on their work.
To learn more about our services, including those of the wedding planning variety, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.