Friday, December 21, 2012

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”…unless you’re at work.

Putting on your Elf costume and shoving cookies in your coworkers face is probably the least effective way to show how much you care during the holidays. Blasting Burl Ives and singing along will also not create the cheerful atmosphere that you hope for-especially when you start in October.

This isn’t because your coworkers are a bunch of scrooges, the reasoning is a little more complex than that. The holidays are a time for family and friends. The end of the year causes people to reflect on what they have accomplished this year and what they may have failed to do. Many times, this includes spending a lot of time at work, and not as much time with family and friends. Your spirited attire and demand for company wide secret Santa participation is a reminder of the time spent at work and away from more pleasurable times. It’s not that these coworkers hate the holidays, it’s that they want to do all of those things (and more) at home.

With this in mind, leaders can make the holidays better for coworkers by giving thanks. Thank them for their hard work and commitment. Thank them for the long hours spent in AND out of the office. And most of all, thank them yourself (not just in a mass email). It takes a team to get the job done, so show them your gratitude by letting them know how appreciative you are for everything they do.

THEN you can cover the water cooler with tinsel and implement tacky sweater day.

By Kristen Keyes
Kristen graduated from Towson University and holds a Bachelor of Health Science, with a concentration in Community Health Education. She brings 10 years of retail experience, 8 of which come from Whole Foods Market, as a buyer and a healthy eating educator. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in School Counseling from Loyola University.

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