Have you broken up from work yet? We’ve got one more week left and then that’s it till the new year.
I think being in the office at this time of year is a little bit strange.
The office filing cabinets are all dressed up with tinsel and there are stars hanging everywhere in our room. We’re trying to hide the 1950s wood panelling with sparkling strands. ‘Tis the season to be festooned in glitter and tinsel.
Of course it is important to have an office environment that’s good for your mental and physical wellbeing. Did you know the most important piece of office furniture is your chair? According to this piece of research by Furniture at Work, if your chair is bigger and nicer than your colleagues, it can be assumed you are more important than they are. ‘Tis the season to be ordering a new office chair to look more important in the new year – have the chair for the job you want, not the job you have, I guess.
Yesterday we went to Seven Stories’ Snowdog Christmas party, and then baked mince pies at home. I felt so, so ready for the season, and yet I still had to get up for work in the morning, so couldn’t have a Christmas tipple! ‘Tis the season for dark mornings, and those plus a bit of alcohol the night before don’t marry up with an early alarm clock.
Projects I’m working on currently are getting ready for a little break. It’s rather bizarre that something is classed as urgent, with a deadline of two weeks from now, simply because the office is closing. Usually urgent items need to be handled by the end of the day (don’t say “close of play” to me, or even worse “COP” – I don’t react positively), so giving a two week ‘extension’ on something feels odd. ‘Tis the season to be more relaxed!
We also have to use our annual leave over the closed period. I work in a place that allows flexible working, so we can work more or less our contracted hours as long as it tallies over the month, and you don’t go too far below a certain limit. With all the festive lunches and early finishes for last minute Christmas shopping, my flexi leave balance is groaning, and the work is mounting up. ‘Tis the season to be working long hours to make up for missed time.
When I do go home I’ve got a super over-excited four year old who can’t sleep because he’s too hyped up. He’s bouncing about Christmas. Last night he was extraordinarily late for bed because he was too worried that our tree doesn’t have a star on the top. He just couldn’t relax knowing that our tree is wrong. He was adamant the other day that we must have stockings to hang on the fireplace. I agree; I just haven’t found any nice ones yet, so we don’t have any for Christmas Eve. ‘Tis the season to be informed about the season by a four year old.
I just found out yesterday that I’ll be cooking for my mother in law on Christmas too. ‘Tis the season for last minute requests and frantic Googling of how to cook a roast dinner.
I’ll be glad when it’s 12th night and the decorations can come down! (I’m joking, just joking…)
This is a collaborative post.