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Don’t Make These Career Mistakes During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of fun, family and hopefully relaxation. For others, especially those that are not Christian, the Christmas season can be annoying and infuriating. However, no matter what religious standards you follow, the week between Christmas and New Years can get sticky and dangerous for employees. The number one thing you don’t want for Christmas is the loss of your job or unhappy co-workers.

Don’t Slack Off
Perhaps the most important thing to remember during the holidays is that it is not a time to slack off. It may be really easy to, but it’s not in your best interest to put work on the back-burner just because it’s Christmas time and you feel like you should be relaxing. Chances are if you are not a senior employee at the office that you will be working the week between Christmas and New Years. This year is especially odd since Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on Saturday and Sunday. It might be really easy for your higher-ups to decide that since the holidays fall on days you already have off, you don’t need extra days off.

Be that as it may, if you’re in the office that week, you’re in the office and you should be working as if it were any other week. This may also be a great opportunity for you to exceed. Think about it, if most senior workers are taking that week off because they worked their way up to that point, then if a business proposition pops up while they’re gone that leaves you and other junior workers to step-up to the plate and prove your worth. This gives you the chance to work on something that may have otherwise been given to someone else. So keep your ears and eyes open during the holiday week and do not allow yourself to slack off. However easy it may be to do so.

Remember That Offices Are Diverse
Yes, it’s true. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Even though stores, large companies and even public transportation boasts Merry Christmas, this may be offensive to employees in the company that don’t celebrate Christmas or celebrate a different holiday. If you’re a senior at your company, splashing Christmas decor all over the place may not be the best idea. Furthermore, to non-Christians the phrase “Happy Holidays!” is just a euphemism for Merry Christmas. Those that don’t celebrate Christmas know what you are really meaning to say. Be mindful of this and choose your words carefully.

Don’t Think The the Holiday Party Was Just For Fun
Yes, the holidays are for fun and cheer and everything nice. However, the same does not ring true for the office parties that celebrate the holidays. Often times, senior employees will be watching carefully and taking note of the interactions going on. Spark News has already informed you of what you should not do at the Christmas party
so that should be crystal clear. Recap: Keep it at at 1-2 drink minimum, if only for your dignity. What’s also interesting though, is that one out of four relationships that start at holiday parties end in marriage. Odd, maybe. But you should keep an eye on what’s going on around you because a blossoming inter-office relationship may mean that office politics are about to change and you should be prepared for any shifts in the office that take place.


Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter

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