It’s that time of year again when we’re all starting, or thinking about starting, our Christmas break. The jumpers have been worn, the sherry drunk and the Christmas misdemeanours almost, ALMOST forgotten. It’s time for a break. A well earned rest.
And yet, whilst we all yearn for a break, I’m not so sure we give each other the same respect.
Meetings scheduled for the first couple of days back, reports sent on the last day before the holidays, actions completed and requirements passed on.
Because we need to get this off our list, off our backs and settle down for a Christmas break.
The thing is, have you thought about the person that you’re sending that email on to? The one that receives that report the day they are due to go on holiday, or has an important meeting land in the diary for their first day back? Is this about getting things off your list, or do things really need to happen?
Are you making sure that those around you have a decent break too?
And it isn’t just about our work. What about those people working in the shops, for the courier firms, keeping our transport system going, our lights on and our internet working? Answering our calls and dealing with our queries, helping us to…..well switch off.
As you go away for your well deserved break, ask yourselves what you could do to give other people a break. At work, at home, when you’re out shopping, or dealing with that last minute issue. How do you want them to feel over the holidays, how do you want them to wake up on Christmas day?
Respect isn’t a once a year phenomenon, but once a year we can focus on how we can do more.
Enjoy your break and let other people around you enjoy it too. They may be working, but it doesn’t mean you have to make their lives harder. They may be off, but it doesn’t mean you need to make sure they’re thinking about the return.
Take a break and give others a break too.
It’s what we all deserve.
I’ll be back in the New Year with more ramblings and general grumpiness. Until then.