Surviving the Silly Season

Ange Connor

Surviving the Silly Season

For some reason every year we get caught up in the hype of the Christmas rush. We get these crazy ideas in our head that everything has to be wrapped up, done and dusted before Christmas. I’m sure you’ve experienced it yourself. In talking to other business people at Christmas functions I’ve attended this week everyone is saying the same thing. Clients are putting on the pressure to get everything wrapped up by Christmas, but why? Why do we put this pressure on ourselves and others? Every year life and business goes on and we re-open again after a few public holidays and away we go again for another year.  Here at Inspire HQ we’re trying a few different things this year to help keep us sane and productive during the silly season:

Walking Meetings – When we need to have a catch up on where we are at with everything, we get outside and have a walking meeting instead of having the meeting sitting at our desks. We leave our phones in the office and go walking for 15 or 20 minutes. We’re still being productive because we’re talking work on our walk but we are getting a dose of fresh air, some physical activity and on most days, some Vitamin D.

Prioritising our to do list – At the end of each day we go through our to do list together. We cross off what we’ve achieved, we re-prioritise tasks based on what’s occurred during the day and we divvy up who’s going to do what tomorrow. Doing this together as a team helps us communicate openly about the pressures we are feeling and helps to share the load and support each other. We’re being realistic about what we can achieve, we’re setting realistic expectations with our clients and as a result we don’t feel like we are drowning amongst a growing to do list.

Being flexible – With so many Christmas functions to attend, people to catch up with and work to do it’s easy for our hours of work to blow out during the festive season. Then there is the Christmas shopping to do! This year we’re thinking outside the square and being flexible, and it’s really helping.  Don’t be surprised if you see one of us out doing our Christmas shopping during the work day, it just means that maybe that evening after dinner we’ll be screening resumes or writing a HR policy. We’re taking a fresh approach to juggling all that we have to do so we can fit in everything we have to do. And I’d much prefer to be doing my Christmas shopping during the week when I can squeeze in an hour of shopping instead of fighting the crowds on the weekend.

We know some of these ideas might not be possible to implement in your workplace but we think it’s about thinking outside the square and identifying what will work in your workplace to improve your employees wellbeing in the lead up to the festive season. We’d also love to hear what great initiatives you’re doing in your workplace to keep sane this festive season.

About The Author
Ange Connor

Ange is the Founder and Director of Inspire HQ, one of regional Victoria’s leading recruitment, human resource (HR) and careers agencies. Ange is an ‘ideas’ person and a ‘big picture’ thinker. She loves to challenge the status quo – in fact, that’s how Inspire HQ began.

Ange has supported hundreds of businesses across Ballarat and regional Victoria to attract, engage, motivate, develop and retain their greatest assets; their people. Ange’s unyielding passion and invaluable knowledge of the recruitment and HR industry ensures she delivers the best solutions for her clients.

Ange has held various board positions and regularly volunteers her time to share her industry and market knowledge. She was recently a Councillor for the Victoria and Tasmania region of the Recruitment Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) of Australia and New Zealand, and she is a current Board Director of the Committee for Ballarat.

For more useful information, follow Ange on LinkedIn.

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