8 tips to survive the holiday season at work

It’s getting close to the end of the year, but you’re still working? Have a big project to work on or a financial year to close out? Or maybe you’re a part of the core team group that keeps the business humming over the holidays? We’ve got you covered with some top (and much-needed) tips for surviving the holiday season at work.

1. Attend the workplace holiday party 

Working during the holidays can be a drawback, but make sure you RSVP and attend your work holiday celebration. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of the year and spend time with your fellow colleagues.

2. Tidy up your workspace  

Working through the festive season, whether at work or from home, is the ideal time to complete your personal filing. Typically, the holiday season is when workloads tend to slow, so in between your tasks, take advantage of this time to empty your recycling bin and clean your desktop of any documents you couldn’t file during the year. Don’t forget to clean your workspace and declutter what you don’t need for the coming year. Prepare disinfectant surface wipes and screen cleaners for all your cleaning needs.

3. Plan for the year ahead  

While it’s sometimes difficult to stay productive when you want to be out celebrating with the rest of the world, you’ll feel much better about being at work if you make the most of your time there. There’s nothing like being ahead of schedule and making sure that everything is set for the new year ahead. Get yourself a calendar, planner or diary for the new year and make sure to start setting those goals. Start your to-do list and ensure you are on track for a successful year to come.

4. Stock up on the essentials 

Did you know that according to a recent survey, close to a third of office administrative staff say they use leftover budget to bulk buy workplace essentials for the new year1? Use your time wisely and stock up on all your workplace necessities. Check that your technology is up to date and that you have all your office and kitchen must-haves in your cart.

5. Switch up your routine

This is an excellent opportunity to take a break from your regular work routine. Set aside some time to complete non-mission-critical tasks. Take time to reflect on the year, what worked well (and what didn’t work so well) and try different ways of working.

6. Have your own festivities

Bring a little bit of the holiday spirit to the office with your wardrobe and accessories if your job allows it. Decorate your workplace or your desk with festive ornaments to create your own festive spirit at work.

7. Focus on wellbeing  

If this year has been stressful, now is the time to take a breather. Take more breaks between tasks and put your mental health first whenever possible. The holiday season usually means fewer people in the office, so take advantage of this opportunity to increase your steps by walking around the office more. Use the stairs instead of the elevator and go outside and have lunch outside the office to get some sunshine.

8. Wrap up  

You’ve made it to the end of the year – congratulations! It’s time to close the tabs, cross items off your to-do list and get ready for a new year ahead. Ensure that all your ducks are in a row and that you are mentally and physically prepared for the coming year.

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1. Staples, 2019, ‘Staples Workplace Survey’, <https://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/workplace-survey/>