Office Do’s And Don’ts: Holiday Edition


Festive décor lines the window of every store and there are twinkly lights as far as the eye can see. It can only mean one thing… the holiday season is here!

Some people burst at the seams with holiday cheer, while others feel a spike in their stress levels at this time of year. If this is your first holiday season in an office environment, you might be feeling the latter. Not to worry, we’ve got a list of Do’s and Dont’s to help you survive the season.

The Do’s

Keep holiday decoration to a minimum

Sometimes holiday décor can be distracting, tacky, and even downright annoying. For example, nobody wants to hear your Singing Santa every time they walk by your desk. Plus, not everyone celebrates the same holiday this time of year and it’s important to keep that in mind. Instead, keep things minimal by updating your screensaver or swapping your regular coffee mug for something a little more festive.

Wash your hands often

sink-400276_1920The holiday season is generally one of the busiest times of the year, making it easy to push your health to the back of your mind. You don’t want to miss work and ruin your holidays by getting sick, so make a habit of washing your hands often and wiping down your desk area with disinfectant wipes to keep germs away. You could even keep a holiday-themed sanitizer on your desk as a festive and friendly reminder.

Participate in holiday-themed activities

paper-933661_1920This time of year, your office may plan a few festive activities for everyone to take part in. This is your chance to get to know your co-workers better and have a little fun while you’re at it so get involved! Besides, there are plenty of benefits. For example, a holiday luncheon means free food (something students and recent grads can appreciate!) and an office toy drive provides the opportunity to give back, which is what this season is all about.

The Don’ts

Don’t leave time-off negotiations to the last minute

The holiday season is a popular time for employees to take time off, but it can also be a busy time for many businesses. If it’s important to you, make sure you negotiate your time-off request as early as you can. You don’t want to leave your employer in a difficult position or risk having your request denied because you left it to the last minute.

Don’t overindulge

welcome-drink-1071956_1920Sugary treats seem to be everywhere around this time of year. It’s especially true in an office environment where people often bring in festive baked goods to share with everyone. It’s equally true with holiday drinks at your seasonal work party – go easy on the eggnog, and limit yourself to a couple of drinks! Keep the focus on having fun with your team. Instead of reaching for that fifth glass of wine, try striking up a conversation with a new colleague or a manager. It’ll have a much better payoff in the long run!

Don’t skip the holiday party

christmas-581754_1920Even if you aren’t over the moon about attending the annual holiday party, you should still make an appearance. It’s a great opportunity to network with people in your company, and free food and drinks certainly don’t hurt! It’s a work event, so be sure to show up on time and act professional but keep the work talk to a minimum. It’s a party after all!

With these tips in mind, you’ll have no problem navigating the festive season in your office. Happy Holidays!