The week preceding Thanksgiving is a mixture of holiday greetings and getting things done before the holiday season really gets off and running.
Your schedule this week may be a tale of two cities – jam packed with appointments from people who want to get things done before the end of the year or empty because no one is making an appointment for the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Offices are closing early, or they are staying late to finish up.
From here on in, it’s a balancing act. A few things to keep in mind during the holiday season:
Be sensitive to your employees. They may be fine – but it’s good to be aware that not everyone enjoys this time of year.
Some people get cranky due to pressure to have a perfect family life, an endless budget for holiday gifts and time to bake an assortment of cookies that would put Mrs. Claus to shame.
Few of us live that life, but some people feel that if they only try harder, it will be real.
Employees may be distracted with online shopping. You will want to set very clear limits on this now ubiquitous activity. Understand that it will take place, but try to manage it.
If your office’s bandwidth is totally tied up with online shoppers, you may need to set a time period for online shopping or tell people that they must use their own devices.
Your IT department can put blocks on specific websites if the problem gets out of hand.
Schedule your own holiday celebrations early – if you haven’t already done so. Your employees will appreciate a firm date and advance notice. Don’t overdo it-one holiday luncheon or dinner is plenty!
Decorate your office. It will give your employees a lift, make visiting clients smile and add a festive note to the workplace. However you do it, make it a fun event and if appropriate, give employees leeway to show off their creativity.
Get into the spirit and you’ll lift the spirits of those around you!