Every office has a different approach to the run up to Christmas, from keeping it low key to hosting the best and worst Christmas jumper competitions. And then there’s the infamous secret Santa!
Regardless of how your office celebrates, there’s plenty you can do to get the best out of the festive period.
We explain how.
Use any quiet time to get those other jobs done
If you find business getting quieter, consider doing some of those jobs on your to do list, such as changes to your computer systems or office environment that would normally disrupt the working day. Let’s be honest – there’s thing quite like a good desk tidy and paperwork shredding exercise!
Closing the office
If you can hand on heart say all your jobs are done, then consider closing the office down for a period of time. Keeping the offices empty with the lights and heating off during the Christmas period could save you a fair amount in utility bills, which are normally higher during the winter months.
The dreaded ‘Out of Office’ – Send that email now
During the festive period, it goes without saying that people have time off. So don’t put off those important emails or phone calls you really could do with being answering before the New Year. Plan in time with your clients early, before both of you effectively sign off for Christmas.
Don’t forget to provide any unusual opening hours or emergency contact information to clients and customers. If you run customer facing premises or primarily online, make sure this information is displayed clearly on your website, shared across your social media channels and within your email signature.
Decorating the office
If you’re the kind of office that likes to decorate for Christmas make sure this is planned in to your working day. Getting the whole team involved can help with morale as well as getting everyone in the festive spirit. Even if you work for yourself try decorating your working environment. You’ll be surprised the difference it makes to your mind-set.
Take time off
This is possibly the most important point here. Make sure you and your team take time off over Christmas.
When you own your own business or are part of a small team, it’s easy to want to get in a few extra hours while the phones and emails are quiet. But as we mentioned above the chances are you’ll only be rewarded with an out of office message. Get ahead of the game and finish off your to do list by all means, but make sure you go home.
Above all enjoy Christmas and come back refreshed and ready for a new year.
How will your office be getting into the Christmas spirit? Let us know in the comments!
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