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Holiday Harmony

“It’s the thought that counts,” is a common holiday phrase we hear almost on repeat during this festive season. While we all have big budget items on our holiday wish list, a little personal attention from a boss or co-worker can have a profound impact. While the holidays can be a source of stress for many, there is no reason why you can’t seek a month of corporate bliss by striking a balance between projects and parties.

December is a month where many distractions are battling for our attention. Families are calling and emailing with regards to setting up holiday visits. Our inbox is filled with offers and rebates for the most competitive shopping deals. It can be a difficult time for anyone to focus on company projects. One way to combat the holiday hustle and bustle is too give your coworkers more personal attention. Spend an afternoon and schedule time to drop by a few cubicles. Keep it brief and focus on THEIR holiday plans. When you need details for a final project examined, your team will remember your drop-in and hopefully go that extra mile before signing off for the year.

Technology is an essential part of our everyday lives. While sending an email blast or office wide tweet or post will certainly save you some time, during the holidays, there is no substitute for a handwritten greeting. Make the time to buy a few cards for your office or project team. Keep the message simple yet sincere. If your penmanship leaves something to be desired, don’t hesitate to outsource your writing to a more skillful artisan but make sure you are the one supplying the message. By making the effort, your holiday greeting will stand-out in a sea of generic and bland virtual e-cards.

The middle of December can often feel like the point of no return for many. Be carefully not to mentally check out and take some time planning out a monthly schedule. Be sure to find a balance between work and play. Keep in mind that other staff with children will have a variety of holiday parties, concerts, and sing-a-longs that they won’t want to miss. Setting appropriate expectations for the month will help keep both you and your holiday coworkers humbug free.

Hopefully by the time you are heading out your office door during the final days of December, you’ll have an extra spring in your step. The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration and your professional life should be no different. With a little time and effort, you can leave a lasting impression on your staff this holiday season by embracing balance and seeking harmony.