Every supervisor and manager knows that each season of the year brings subtle changes to the workplace. I remember very clearly that December was always a really tough month for employees. Each year without fail, the outside stresses of the holiday season meant that there was little patience for coworkers who irritated them, less regard for deadlines and attendance guidelines, and a tough time overall keeping from being just a little on the grumpy side.
On the other hand, December was also the time of year when I witnessed employees showing great kindness and generosity for those who were having a tough time or were in need. More than any time of year, though, during the holiday season it just seemed like it took much less to ruin the mood, and much more to keep positive motivation going.
I think people got a little antsy, waiting for the holidays and the days off to come. I think there were additional personal time stressors like holiday parties, shopping, and home commitments. These can all be positive, even joyful, events, but they add to the rush of the season and the stress levels go up.
Does anyone else experience this? What creative ways of counteracting the holiday blues have you discovered?