I feel like I’m cramming a month’s worth of work into one week to clear the desk for Christmas. Much as I enjoy the festivities it feels like everyone’s emptying their in-trays of postponed projects at this time of the year so I’m braced for lots of last-minute jobs.
One of the things on my “to do” list is to send out a Christmas blog post to clients and readers containing lots of heart-warming messages, though I doubt I’ll get the time now. I’m certainly getting lots of Christmas emails from others though and it puts me in mind of my first Christmas was spent sat in my home office remembering office Christmas parties of old. Fortunately, I’ve been adopted by the local business and networking family, so Christmases are looking up again with the odd party and ‘networking’ drinks.
And I can look back now and remember all my pet hates from the obligatory corporate festive season.
- Secret Santa – finding out how much your colleagues dislike you.
- Getting cards from people who have been making your life a misery for the rest of the year, as if this makes up for it: “Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas at this special time for children. Love from Herod, and the ‘team’ at the palace”.
- Managers in suits and elf hats
- People bringing cakes into the office. I get enough diabetes at home during Christmas.
So on that cheery note, I wish everyone I’ve worked with and who’s helped Bill Blogs make 2018 my best year so far (not hard) and anyone kill time by reading blogs until their boss lets them leave, a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.