4 Ideas for Holiday Season at Work

With Thanksgiving Day behind us, we are well into Hanukkah and Christmas seasons and a stone’s throw from New Year’s Day. That is, if we can survive the temptations and stress all around us during this challenging time of year.

Somewhere among the office parties and gift exchanges, beyond the end of the year workload and gift list we still haven’t completed, there is a sense of joy — if we can only stand still long enough to sense it.

moose dollRather than stress out, we can choose to focus on ways to make the holidays around the office healthier and more peaceful.

Have that potluck party, but suggest low-calorie, low-sugar options like fruits and nuts, veggie sticks, festive salads and sugar-free gelatin desserts. With a little less soda and more sparkling water, everyone will still have fun “goofing off” for a long lunch hour and will be more inclined to get back to work after the last cheese cube and olive is gone.

If you have a gift exchange, insist that everyone spend very little and keep it light with fun gifts, gag gifts, or homemade gifts…any type of gift that prevents stress from it’s giving or receiving.

Help employees and coworkers manage their stress. Employees, help your co-workers. Avoid alcohol in the office, or drink in moderation if you choose, and encourage everyone to manage their tasks so that they don’t need to work overtime. Encourage exercise by organizing walking groups during lunch hour.

As the business winds down for the year, encourage everyone to acknowledge the extra efforts put forth. Business owners, managers, and every single worker can’t say “thank you” to someone too often, especially at this time of the year.

Holiday Season—Time of Giving & Reflection

[We liked this blog from December 2015 so much that we thought you would enjoy seeing it again!]

The Christmas season reminds us to think about what truly matters.

When the holidays come around every year, our lives suddenly take on a larger meaning than simply living for ourselves.

keep calm holidaysWe begin to think about giving—to charities, to our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We think about those who may not have a Christmas dinner to share, or even a place to live. About those who used to sit around our dinner table, but are no longer with us. Christmas time, it seems, ends up to be a wonderful time of year for celebration, but also a time for remembrance and a touch of sadness.

Christmas is magical in that it reminds us that when we give to others, we emerge with a renewed sense of hope for ourselves and for the entire world.

It is with this spirit of Christmas that I wish everyone a holy and blessed Christmas. May we all adopt what truly matters in our everyday living!

Thankfulness

We live surrounded by abundance. The migrants waiting in Tijuana with backpacks that, we assume, hold all their worldly belongings, do not. But this is not a political statement about immigration or politics—far from it. It simply sets the stage for a reflection on abundance.

Thanksgiving dinnerSt. Luke warns… “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Indeed, having too much can get in the way of seeing and enjoying what matters most in life.

It’s often said that to avoid greed or selfishness is not a complicated task. We merely give rather than take. We come to see ourselves not based on what we own, but on how often we share—whether that sharing be money or compliments. To live abundantly is to be a blessing in others’ lives.

When we focus on becoming a blessing to someone else, we find ourselves being kinder and more forgiving, quicker to understand than preach, encouraging and less critical, more courageous than timid, less proud and more humorous, and in the end—grateful. Grateful for our abundance, yes, but especially grateful for those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers!