There are a few reasons why some of us might turn into a miserable, holiday-hating Scrooge at work throughout the Christmas period.
Firstly, it might be because we just generally despise the yuletide season. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there that dread Christmas, and when it inevitably rolls around each year, they become bitter and resent everything about it. Usually there are reasons to back up this Grinch-like behaviour. They could be lonely during Christmas, they could be so busy that they can’t ever spend as much time as they’d like to with loved ones, or they might just generally loathe the atmosphere surrounding the entire month of December.
Others might suffer from Christmas animosity because they know they’re going to be working during the days that they should be winding down with their family. This is always a nasty thought, and not being able to relish in all that Christmas has to offer due to work shouldn’t ever be allowed. But no matter what job we’re in, there is always someone who has it worse than you do – yes, even those of you who work in retail.
So, whatever the reason is for these negative feelings, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s all about making the most out of a less-than-ideal situation. It’s rare that Christmas day itself is a working day; so if that is your only day off, you have to organise your time efficiently in order to make the best of it. If you’re working away from home, you’ll have to invest time for family and friends whenever you can, even if it means spending three hours of the day on Skype.
When it comes to actually being in the office on the build-up to Christmas, it’s not uncommon for every workplace to encounter their very own Scrooge – because there’s always one.
The trick is to try and embrace whatever Christmas throws at you. It doesn’t have to be a time of stress, panic, chaos or expense – and you can do everything in your power to prevent your work environment becoming like this too.
Having regular incentives or days that you do things differently, can really boost team spirit and company morale. Why not have a Christmas jumper day? Or a charity awareness day where each team within the business plays against each other in festive-related games? Or even just a mince pie and hot cocoa morning? Nothing says Christmas joy like getting a group together and celebrating in any way you can.
Even if you aren’t the manager of your department, or the CEO of the company, why not suggest a few ideas to try and improve the festivities? You could ask to decorate the office, or play Christmas music, or have a Christmas bake-off one afternoon, or organise a Secret Santa gift exchange. Little things go a long way; especially if you’re usually a bit of a Scrooge and you want to make a change this year.
It also brings tonnes of benefits to the business. If employees are united and enjoying their job, their overall performance will be better and you’re more likely to see growth and development in the company’s prospects too.
So don’t be a Scrooge – make your workplace a fun one to be in during the holidays!