As work slows down, the holiday season provides a time to reflect on the past year and focus on what's to come. There are several ways you can make sure to really embrace this year’s holiday season.
Enjoy the Quieter Work Environment
About 61 percent of employees find it easier to work during the holidays because the office has fewer people and distractions, according to a recent Staples Workplace Employee Survey. During the holiday season – in businesses outside the retail sector, at any rate – customers and employers adopt a more relaxed state of mind. So, enjoy the break and keep down the stress levels. This is a great time to catch up on lunch dates and talk about things other than work.
Take a Step Back
With the clock running down on end-of-year goals and deadlines, leaders may find themselves trying to play catch up. This time and energy may be better spent reflecting on the past year. Take advantage of a quieter office to consider which goals were reached and how.
If your department missed a major goal, consider the underlying reasons. Inspiration strikes when your mind is quiet, so you might gain valuable insight into process improvements or new ways of looking at the business. According to the Canadian Journal of Psychology, a balanced workplace has a strong impact on your mental well-being.
Get Out of the Office to Visit Loved Ones
Take note of the empty seats around you and use some vacation time to bond with loved ones. While you're away, leave work behind and turn off your work phone and email notifications to focus on the people you work so hard for.
Get Into the Spirit of the Season of Giving
The holiday season is a time of giving, and half those polled in a PwC survey say they plan to spend an average of $1,507 on presents during the holiday season. However, according to the Fraser Institute, Canadians were less generous than their U.S. counterparts in 2017 when it came to charitable giving. This year, perhaps your company can spread a little more generosity for an organization that does good work in your community.