Things to Do at Work before the Holidays

Posted by Nicole Williams on 21 December 2016

Who else is counting down the days until Christmas? I know i am! Sometimes you can’t help but feel like all you ever do is work, so a break can feel like the light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, you want it to be as relaxing as possible.

Part of enjoying your time away from the office means wrapping up loose ends and dealing with dramas before you leave so that you don’t need to be disturbed while you’re off. To ensure this is the case, here are some things you should do.

1) Set your out of office message.

Put an automatic reply on your email telling people when you’ll contact them or when they should try again to get in touch with you. You should also add another point of contact in case of emergency. Even if you’re still responding to emails whilst away from work, at least let people know there will be a delay.

2) Clean your desk.

You don’t want to come back to a messy area, so clean your desk and drawers of all of the things you won’t be needing, wipe everything over and empty out the office fridge of all your food before you go. When you come back, you’ll feel much fresher.

3) Don't do anything you’ll regret at the Christmas party.

Social activities are a big part of the office Christmas calendar, so make sure you behave yourself and don’t do anything embarrassing. It can be hard to go back to work after the holidays if you’re struggling to face your co workers. Remember the stay professional.

4) Thank everyone.

Remember to thank everyone who has helped you throughout the year with your job. Showing appreciation makes people want to help you more, so don’t take this for granted and be grateful.

Once you’ve done all of these things, you’ll be closer than ever to sitting back, relaxing and not having to work. Happy Holidays!