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How to Survive the Holidays at the Office

It turns out not everyone gets into the holiday spirit or doesn’t get into it as much as others. While many of us enjoy all this season has to offer, not everyone shares that joy. Even at work, the holidays can seem to be in your face with the decorations, music, and attire.

Here’s what you can do to get through the holidays at the office.

Holiday music

Just because Karen in accounting likes to blast “Jingle Bell Rock” and sway in her seat, doesn’t mean you have to listen. Bring ear buds with you to work so when the music starts, you can put yours in and listen to something that is more to your liking. You can also politely ask Karen to tone it down a little or even close your door.

The dreaded fruitcake

The boss is coming around with the fruitcake his sister sent from across the country. Not only is it hard as a rock, it’s also stale and maybe a little burnt. Stay in the good graces of management by accepting a piece if offered. You can always ditch it in the trash can later when no one is watching. Or you can tell the boss you have a fruitcake allergy. It could work.

The holiday office party

You may feel like skipping this one, because who wants to hang out at work more than they already do? But, you should make a good effort to attend. Management will be at the party, so it is a good time to get a one-on-one with the bosses. That way you can remind them of who you are and a little of what you bring to the company. Keep it light. No one wants to talk about the mistake so and so made and how you would’ve done it better. They will appreciate your positive attitude and will likely remember the interaction. Try to talk with some new people too. Strike up conversations with those coworkers you don’t normally chat with. This can go a long way in developing future beneficial relationships. Even though this can be a fun time where people are indulging, try to stay professional.

Take a vacation

This time of year can be stressful with trying to buy the right presents and spending time with certain family members. If you’d like to get away from it all, take a vacation. Go somewhere you haven’t been or to a place you love going. Or, if you need to take time off to visit family out of town, be sure to request it off as early as possible to help ensure you get it.

Embrace it

Embrace the crazy of it all. The holidays can be hectic as well as magical. Take the time to just enjoy what’s around you including the decorations, twinkling lights, and tinsel. You may find that you feel happier letting yourself have a good time.

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