Ah, December… A festive time of year filled with eggnog (and hopefully rum), Christmas carols, pretty lights and lots of shopping. The holiday season can be a joyous time of year, but it can also come with its fare share of awkwardness: bad gifts, annoying holiday office parties and terrible Christmas sweaters. This post is dedicated to helping you navigate the office during this holiday season so you can enjoy every minute of it! Here are a couple simple tips that can help you avoid much of the proposed awkwardness.
Remember, not everyone celebrates Christmas.
During the holidays, and especially in the office, it’s important to remember that although the focus of this season is usually Christmas (at least in Canada and the United States), many people do not celebrate Christmas. Our excitement and joy during this time of year sometimes leads to us forgetting that not everyone is participating. It’s important to be cognizant of those around you, their beliefs, and what they celebrate.
Eggnog and rum can be tempting, but go easy on the rum.
Everyone loves a good holiday cocktail, especially at the holiday office party. Although the intent is to have fun, unwind and socialize with your co-workers, it’s important to remember that they are still your co-workers, and chances are the higher-ups are around as well. As long as you are surrounded by those whom you work with, you are, in a sense, still working. Easy on the rum! The last thing you want is to fall asleep under the Christmas tree!
If buying gifts for some but not others, be discrete!
Part of the beauty of this season is making others happy by giving gifts to those we love or care about, including colleagues. If you are planning on giving gifts to some coworkers whom you’re especially close with, do it in private and behind closed doors. The idea here is not to be keeping secrets or hiding something from others, but the last thing you want to do is make a coworker feel inadequate or not appreciated when he or she doesn’t receive a gift from you as well. This is surefire way to detract from your executive presence.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, and often serves to bring together friends and family to create a loving, happy, and joy-filled atmosphere. Along with these redeeming qualities, the holiday season can also be difficult to navigate, especially within the workplace. Be aware of others and how they’re reacting to the season (the holiday season can often be an emotional time of year for many) and adjust your behavior accordingly. Above all else, have fun and let the eggnog flow!