It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas but unfortunately, it looks like this year your holiday may be spent at work
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas but unfortunately, it looks like this year your holiday may be spent at work. The fact is, some companies stay open pretty much all year round, and if you need your job, you’re going to have to suck it up and punch in for the day while you would normally be at home with your family.
While it can definitely be disheartening to get stuck with a full schedule through the holidays, it does not mean that your Christmas has to be completely blue. Here are a few pieces of helpful advice you can use to make sure cheer and merriment are still a part of your holiday plans even when you have to work.
Organize a holiday office party
When you have no other choice but to be at work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it is highly likely you will be stuck there with several other colleagues who would much rather be at home. Organizing a holiday office party or celebration is a good way to lift everyone’s spirits. You may be at work, but just setting aside a break through the day when you can exchange gifts, play games, or have a good meal is bound to make the day go a bit faster and brighten everyone up. There are even companies you can hire to create quite the memorable event, such as office parties from Team Tactics whose service offerings include ice sculpting, cocktail making and bus party tours around London.Organizing a holiday office party or celebration is a good way to lift everyone's spirits.Click To Tweet
Make arrangements to celebrate a few days after Christmas with your family
There is a lot of pressure to get all those gifts purchased and plans made so you can celebrate on the actual calendar date, but really, this is not an absolute must. If you are scheduled to work on Christmas Day itself, talk to your family and make arrangements to hold your dinner party, gift exchange, or other festivities a few days after Christmas.
As an added bonus, holding your own Christmas party after the holiday means you get the chance to hit up some of those awesome sales right after the holidays. So you may even get by with spending considerably less to fill those stockings and check off every recipient on your holiday shopping list.
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Make arrangements to celebrate with your co-workers after work
If you get stuck working a full shift, you may find you have little time left in the day to go home and have a full celebration. So, what you could do if you have a few hours left to spare is just arrange for a fun event with your co-workers for after the workday, seeing as you will all be in the same position. For example, you could plan to get together at a local soup kitchen to help serve dinner to the homeless, volunteer your services at a local charity event, or caroling around the neighborhood. Even though this time would normally be spent at home, planning something fun and rewarding will help bust those holiday blues because everyone will have something to look forward to at the end of the work day.
See if you and your co-workers can share shifts
In some cases, just not having to work the full day on Christmas or Christmas Eve will still allow you to make it to holiday dinners and events with your family and friends. Check with co-workers who may be off for the day and see if they would mind splitting a shift with you. In situations where more than one person is capable of completing the same work tasks, one employee could take the morning shift and be home in the evening and the other could work the evening shift and still be home during the morning.
Whilst working over Christmas may spoil your spirits at first, there are many ways that you can still make it enjoyable. If you and your colleagues stick together and work as a team, you can all still celebrate the day together and make it memorable for everyone.