Re-Aligning Focus at Work After the Holidays

In December, our focus shifts toward family, festivities and vacation time. We spend lots of time relaxing and — hopefully — recharging, before returning to work in the new year.

But when we settle back into work life, things can feel a little drab. If you’ve got the post-holiday blues, or are finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, here are a few easy ways to reignite your gusto.

Realigning Focus at Work After Holidays

  1. Create one work resolution. Nothing motivates like a new goal. Maybe you want to take a walk every day at lunch, or try a different position, or add three new clients to your roster. Give the goal some thought and, whatever you decide, track yourself to achieve it.
  1. Reconnect with your colleagues. Remember, you’re not the only one who took time off over the holidays. Chances are, your colleagues are struggling to get back in the groove, too. This is a perfect time to recharge your social life at work. Commiserate, collaborate and remind yourself that you’re part of a community.
  1. Get creative. Bring some zest to your existing work, and it will come alive. If you write press releases for a living, why not check out a webinar on creative writing? If your work isn’t inherently creative, think about adding a daily journal entry to your to-do list. Studies show that journaling sparks creative thought, helps you achieve goals and reduces stress.

Treat yourself. When we lack motivation, it’s important not to get down on ourselves. Instead, offer yourself rewards if you’re finding it hard to complete tasks. Every time you check an item off your to-do list, give yourself a treat. That could be a cup of tea,  a walk, a stretch or a chance to catch up with a colleague. When returning to work after a break, sometimes we need to take baby steps.

How to Handle Awkward Office Holiday Party Moments

Have you ever spilled a drink on someone while at a holiday party?

Perhaps you are at a table with someone who has drank a little too much?

This time of the year is filled with holiday festivities, including corporate dinners, dances, events which are meant to bring coworkers together and celebrate the start of a new year. However, these gatherings don’t always go as planned, and sometime accidents can happen. An interesting blog post from Accountemps gives a list of six awkward moments and ways on how to diffuse them at an office holiday party.

Christmas Party Moments

Going back to our original questions at the start of this post, the following could help:

Spilled a drink on a colleague? If you do spill a drink, immediately help them clean their clothing as much as possible. Also offer to pay for the shirt to be professionally cleaned or offer to purchase a replacement.

Trying to manage someone who has had a “bit” too much to drink? First and foremost, do not get caught up in the moment and join in on the behaviour. Pull them away if possible, offer water and be certain that the have safe transportation back to their residence.

For more tips and awkward moments feel free to follow the link to the original post and find out how to diffuse some of these situations. One thing is for certain: being respectful towards others and enjoying the evening festivities in a well behaved manner will ensure that you leave a strong impression with everyone you meet while having fun at the same time.

So go out there and enjoy the holiday celebrations. We wish you a peaceful holiday and prosperous new year, from all of us here at Office Plus:

Happy Holidays!