AH, THE holidays… tis’ the season of giving, the season of neighbourly love, and for office workers, the season of holiday-related nightmares. So we thought we’d share our tips to keep everyone OFF the “naughty” list.
RESPECT YOUR COLLEAGUE
First things first, it comes down to R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Be respectful of each other’s holiday traditions and beliefs, religious or non.
CONSIDER YOUR GIFTS
Just as we want to be respectful of others traditions and beliefs, be respectful of those who don’t want to participate in the department gift exchange.
But it’s just as OK if gift-giving is your thing! Just be sure to not exceed the price limit – it makes those who didn’t stick to the limit and those who got the cheaper gift feel bad.
Also, don’t be that person who gives ridiculously large, expensive presents to the Boss. Over-gifting not only irritates your peers, it puts you in an unfavourable light as a sycophant.
(And no one wants that, right?)
Are you and your “work bestie” planning to exchange gifts? It’s natural to want to exchange gifts with them, but be sure to do so in private – perhaps at lunch – so that your fellow co-workers don’t feel excluded.
KEEP IT CLASSY
Heading to the office holiday party?
Keep your holiday attire classy and, keep it current. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable donning your festive apparel to an interview – we don’t advise wearing it to the office Christmas party.
KEEP ALCOHOL TO MINIMUM
Thinking about toasting to the holidays?
If you’re hosting an office holiday party, we recommend thinking twice before breaking out the booze.
Alcohol related office woes tend to spike around the holidays.
DON’T FORGET WHAT HOLIDAYS ARE ABOUT
Taking time off for the holidays?
Make the most of it, and unplug yourself as much as possible from the office, meaning; stay away from email and voicemail, so that you can be present with the ones you love. Remember, your presence is the greatest gift you can give them!