Working in an office during the holidays can be a real bore. When you’re working for the man and the man’s been on vacation for two weeks, yet you’re still marking time, answering phones, playing solitaire, scouring the internet for a better place to call your job, you can become pretty bitter. At the same time if you’re a small business owner, upping your productivity during the holidays when others are asleep at the wheel can get you started out to a new and profitable year. Consider the following 10 suggestions for things to do during the holidays; five for the worker drone and 5 for the industrious small business owner.
Review: Yes you could take some time off during your holiday season, but if you’re interested in making money and getting ahead in the new year one of the smartest things to do is keep the work up. Even if there are no tasks for you to do because other people are vacationing, you can review your year which has just gone by so that you know how you’ve done.
Plot Out Next Year: With the previous year’s information, you can look ahead to the next year. Set some attainable goals beginning in January so that you have an idea of how you’re doing compared with last year right off the bat.
Holiday Cheer: Another good idea around the holidays with not a lot to do is to send out some notes to your customers, thanking them for the year past and renewing your promise of service for the year to come. People like a nice holiday card but even if it’s just a friendly email, people appreciate that. reminding customers of your contribution to their businesses success can pay healthy dividends in the future.
Needs: Review your needs for the coming year and see where you may have fallen short. Is there a particular time of year (summer, civil holidays) where you could have used extra help? If so consider drafting a letter to local universities or colleges offering ‘intern experience’ for eager young workers. you could solve your problem of not having enough help while getting free help from eager young people.
Gratitude: While gratitude for your customers is a good idea, gratitude to your employees is just as important. Let your workers know how much they meant to you this year with bonuses, gifts, and time off. Or else you could end up with angry-drones.
Plot Your Revenge: This is what you, as a drone, should always be doing. You’ll never know when a good time to strike will be. Pore over your company files, sneak into your bosses file cabinet, get whatever information you need to destroy Tony Stark and take Stark Industries down.
Sabotage the Company: If you don’t have revenge but mere sabotage on your mind, the holidays are just as good a time as any to make that happen. You can cross wires, scramble information, reroute your paycheck, increase your pay scale, and throw the company into disarray for the next year for months.
Piñata: You and your fellow office drones can make a piñata. There’s no better thing for a bunch of disgruntled employees to do than spin one of you around blindfolded and have the blindfold ‘e swing a stick, as everyone else claps and cheers and laughs.
Office Speed Dating: Another good idea for a bunch of co-workers who don’t really like/obsess over each other to do is to engage in speed dating. Pairing up the obsessed and the object of obsession is the fun in this one.
Burn All the Letters: While burning down a building is never suggested, starting a small fire in the office of vital information is as good a thing to do as any during the lull of the holiday in an office. When I worked at the Screen Actors Guild offices in New York and my bosses were gone, there were fires popping up everywhere!
Whether worker or drone, you should find a way to spend your holidays doing things you love, around those you love. Happy holidays everyone!
NOTE: ALL malicious “drone” suggestions were meant in jest. Setting fires or destroying company property is never suggested.