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2017 – Uitgawe 6 My Werk
Working between Christmas and New Year: your survival guide
Deur Michelle | 16 November 2017

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By Wilmarie Brits

In the weeks leading up to the end-of-year holidays, everyone is running around the office trying to tie all the loose ends together and slowly but surely clearing their diaries in order to end the year on a high note at the office party, before they leave for the Christmas break. Except, of course, if you are the unlucky winner of working the graveyard shift during Christmas and New Year.

Perhaps you have fallen victim to blowing all your vacation during the year or your co-worker pleaded with you to work on his or her behalf. Whatever the reason, you’re in the office and reading this, and to stay focused on your work when holiday cheer is buzzing all around you may seem like a losing battle.

According to Marsha Egan, a workplace and e-mail productivity coach, the most important thing to do to keep yourself at task during the graveyard shift is to find a balance between work productivity and holiday fun. Here are a few guidelines you can use to survive working between Christmas and New Year.

  1. Get organised
    The time between Christmas and New Year is a great time for you to get back on track for the new year that is around the corner. Clean up your inbox on Outlook, hard drives and cloud folders so that you are able to start fresh. Make sure important files are backed up and archived for safekeeping.
  1. Think about what you want to achieve in the year to come
    Everyone wants to be the best they can be at their job and work towards a promotion. Use this time to plan the goals you want to achieve next year at work and do some research regarding the specific steps you’ll need to take to make it happen.
  1. Learn something new
    This time of the year is a great time to better understand how certain systems in your company work. Walk down the hall and check-in with your colleagues from other departments, and ask them how their systems and procedures work. This will allow you to gain more knowledge and better assist clients when the day comes.Working over the holidays have some great and unexpected upsides, so make sure you’re seeing the silver lining. Except for the fact that there is no traffic on your way to work, you have a chance to be a problem solver. There are many situations that can come up during holidays, and this is an opportunity to show that you are capable to handle more responsibility.

    If you have been asked, or pressured, or requested to work on a public holiday, try to see it as an opportunity rather than a burden. Make sure you make the best of the situation. Who knows – it may open the door to greater opportunities in the new year.


Deur Cilleste van Dyk Ons sal self. Hierdie drie woorde kan baie arrogant klink sonder die regte konteks. Solidariteit sê: Ons sal self, nie omdat ons dink dat ons dinge alleen of deur ons eie krag sal regkry nie, maar omdat dat daar geen ander opsie is vir ’n voorspoedige toekoms nie. Daarom sê ons […]

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