Surviving the Holiday Season at Work


The holiday season has arrived…bringing with it the usual countdowns, busy work commitments and schedules, and a time to spread good cheer with colleagues and clients.  Holiday traditions at home and at work abound, and hopefully your holiday experience at work is better than something Dwight and Jim can think of!

In the spirit of the season, keep in mind that the holidays can be full of fun (as well as stress.)  So enjoy, be creative, and you’ll get through the season successfully:

  • The annual gift swap isn’t that bad – This year, plan to gracefully accept that door stopper (disguised as fruit cake), and you’re sure to have a great time swapping presents.
  • Speaking of gifts – Please choose what you give carefully.  When in doubt, keep it professional or choose a gift card that’s appropriate.   Reciprocating isn’t necessary; if you’re not into gift giving, a nice “thank you” will suffice.
  • Holiday Vacation Time – Be sure to plan well ahead of time and check with your manager or HR for holiday time off policies.   It’s a popular time of year, so you may not be the only one in your group who needs or wants time away from the office.
  • Have fun (but not too much, of course) at the office party! – Remember, it is a business event, so be sure to dress appropriately and not overindulge.

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