“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least a least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves” – Eric Sevareid
I love Christmas. Brought up in a family where my Mother revered it, she worked hard at it and made it a wonderful and memorable experience ever year.
From decorations all round the house and a fairy on the tree top, stockings at the bottom of the bed, turkey and trimmings for lunch and Christmas crackers to pull, to a sweet trolley of wonderful treats and delicacies, to the family sitting around watching the Queen’s Speech and afterwards playing various board games till late in the evening. She set the scene, provided the instruments to participate and enjoy and allowed us to play the music.
This time of the year provides opportunities to pause, think, refresh and thank! It also provides us three opportunities that we should take advantage of to do.
Just like my mother made it special, Christmas should be special for everyone as well as spending time with our families. It provides us the opportunity to do three things.
First thing; Just as family is important at this time of year so is it provides us the opportunity to make it special at work as well for the people we spend most of our time with.
Those that work in the same environment, such as offices and factories, all year, spend more time at work than at home. So I suppose we spend more time with these folks than we do our families.
So in a way we should treat them as extended family. Well, we probably wouldn’t go quite that far, but this special time of the year does give us the opportunity to thank people for their help, their efforts, their talent, their commitment, their teamwork or whatever seems to to fit.
Small gifts, Christmas cards and a lunch or small gathering are ways we should reach out to our colleagues.
It should be sincere and it will help build teamwork, motivation and loyalty.
Second thing. This time of the year provides us the opportunity to heal some wounds at work. We all say things we didn’t quite mean or take some action that was not quite what it should have been.
This time of the year gives us the opportunity to apologize and make it right with a gift or a few words.
And to the last thing. The opportunity to reflect! Although a busy time, after the big day, there is a lull. This is the time when we can reflect on what happened during the year and what we want to accomplish in the next year.
With tablet, notebook or just pen and paper we can list the highlights and what we need to do. We can even include the things we wish we hadn’t done and what we can do about it or what we learnt from it.
So, enjoy this time of the year and take the opportunity to do these three things. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!