‘Can you believe it’s Christmas already?’ A phrase you’ll be hearing multiple times a day by now. Cold weather, panicked last minute shopping, eating more chocolate in a four-week period than you had consumed throughout the whole year- Ah yes, it’s Christmas time.
This time of the year, most businesses are quieting down, and the days are filled with more chocolate and treats than work. There are however some things you should keep in mind or consider doing before you leave for your Christmas holiday. These things could help you start the New Year off right.
The Christmas Party
The work Christmas party can elicit different responses from people- some love them, some hate them, some can’t really remember them…
It’s a party, but it’s still a work party. Make sure you eat plenty and watch how much you’re drinking. In a party setting, people often forget that it’s your boss you’re talking to and what happens at a work event, no matter how much everyone has had to drink, can have serious consequences. Pick a designated party buddy, someone who will hopefully prevent you from drinking too much, saying or doing something inappropriate and get home safe. While it’s possible that by the time you all return to work in the New Year that the follies of the Christmas party will be forgotten, you don’t want to come back to having everyone whispering about your rendition of Baby Baby from the Biebs.
The positives about a Christmas party
- It’s a company’s way of thanking you for work well done
- It’s a chance to chat with people you wouldn’t normally
- It’s free food
Don’t forget to send a thank you note to clients, suppliers or others that have helped you throughout the year. It a simple way to show you appreciate them and can help solidify a great relationship.
Out of Office
Make sure you set one before you go off on your Christmas break. Not every company will be closed for the same time over Christmas, and if you’re going away for longer than the statutory days, not setting an out of office could mean you come back to work having to put out some fires, or deal with unhappy customers
New Year To Do List
Before you go, make a to-do list of the things to do when you get back from your holiday. By the time you return you probably will have forgotten a lot of little things- so make sure you note them down. This means on your first Monday back, you can hit the ground running. Another good idea is to make a note of your password, put it in your phone for example. The most common IT requests after the holiday season are for a password reset.
New Year’s Work Goals
The final days of work are perfect for reflecting on the year gone, and getting some goals for the year ahead. What do you want to achieve, what goals or targets can you set? When you come in in the New Year, you’ll have a game plan a hopefully start the year motivated
New Year, New job?
New year, new you? The end of the year gets us all thinking about the things we’d like to change or improve on. If you’re thinking it’s time for a new job come the new year- keep in mind a few things:
Don’t quit at the Christmas party. It’s surprising how many people do. A bit of Dutch courage and suddenly you’re telling the boss what you really think of them. Resign with dignity, not as a reflection of the company, but as a reflection of yourself.
Recruitment tends to slow down at Christmas. This gives you the perfect time to start preparing your job search plan. The Saleslogic team have put together some key questions to ask yourself before you start looking; hopefully, you’ll find it helpful. While recruitment does slow down, it doesn’t stop completely. This could be a great time to start building a relationship with a good recruitment company.
From the Saleslogic team, we’d like to wish you all a very happy, merry and great festive season!
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