It’s not your fault. You are bombarded by holiday messages; give, spend, celebrate. Everyone is getting the same message–but they may not share your enthusiasm for the season. If you want to maintain the respect of colleagues and bosses through the holidays then avoid these mistakes so many holiday-spirited office goers make.
- Assume everyone celebrates Christmas; most companies celebrate diversity 365 days of the year.
- Assume what happens at the Holiday party stays at the Holiday party; holiday party incidences become company legends.
- Assume everyone is jolly during the holiday season; holiday celebrations often bring feelings of loss or inadequacy.
- Assume it is OK to take extended lunch breaks to finish shopping; there is still work to be done, deadlines to meet, and people who count on you to be there for them.
- Assume everyone should share in the cookies and candy you bring to work; be sensitive to the fact holidays can be a challenge for those who must control their food intake.
- Assume everyone will enjoy sitting among your twinkling lights and laughing Santa figurines; are your decorations in keeping with your company’s brand?
- Assume everyone wants to chip in for a gift for the boss; it is possible not everyone shares your positive feelings for the boss.
- Assume everyone can make a significant contribution to the charity of your choice; the holidays can put a financial strain on anyone and pressure to donate no matter how good the cause can damage a relationship.
Enjoy and celebrate in ways that strengthen the respect and relationships you have with your co-workers, subordinates, and supervisors.