During the week of a major holiday, there probably is a lot going on in your office. Teammates are coming and going; you’re trying to wrap up those last projects before the end of the year, and all the while, everybody is trying to find time to enjoy themselves. We pulled together a few last minute holiday etiquette reminders for you to keep in mind while you’re navigating through this hectic week:
Gift giving can be a little complicated in the office. If your office is holding a Yankee Swap or Secret Santa, join in! It’s a great way to get to know other teammates and spread holiday cheer. If your office isn’t hosting a gift exchange, it’s ok to give a gift to your office friends if you’re discrete. For your boss, it’s recommended that a group of teammates goes in together to buy a gift, as giving a gift to your boss on your own might look like you’re trying to win favoritism.
Taking time off this week? Make sure everyone who needs to know knows about your plans. Talk to your boss, you teammates and other colleagues who you work with on a regular basis to make sure everyone is on the same page. Tell them how accessible you will be when you’re away and if they should talk to someone else when they need something done. Furthermore, don’t forget to set your away message on your email and voicemail for others who want to get a hold of you.
Do you want extra holiday cheer through décor and music? Check with you neighboring coworkers to make sure you don’t disturb them. Yes, it’s the holiday season, but you’re still at work, and being respectful to those around you is always a must.
The holiday season is in full swing, so let’s make sure we’re keeping it enjoyable for everyone around us at work!