All I want for Christmas is the New Year!

by 09 Dec 2011

Santa Claus isn’t the only character in town this festive season – veteran office managers have warned that alongside the tinsel and decorations, there’s also the (unfortunate) addition of holiday-spawned alter-egos.

Stephen Langhammer, associate director at OfficeTeam, said there are four memorable individuals who rear their heads this time of year.

Keep an eye out for your staff transforming into one of these unsavoury office drains:

The Not-So-Secret Shopper

While this colleague contributes very well to the overall economy, they offer nothing to the company’s bottom line. After taking excessively long lunch breaks to bag deals at the shopping centre, the brazen present hunter spends the remainder of the day shopping online. Responsible for countless hours of lost productivity, the Not-So-Secret Shopper leaves others to pick up the slack.

It’s an OTT  PDC!  (Over the top public display of Christmas)

This person pays no attention to the company dress code or office décor guidelines during the month of December. Typically wearing reindeer antlers or, a garish themed t-shirt, he or she transforms their desk into a blinding sea of blinking lights and tinsel. The over-the-top spectacle leaves fellow team members squinting their eyes and scratching their heads.     

The Party Animal

Reagardless of how casual the setting might be, the annual office party is still a work function. Precisely the reason it’s not the best venue for letting loose. Yet this fact eludes the Party Animal. Instead of viewing the get-together as an opportunity to strengthen or forge internal connections, this merrymaker overindulges in festive cheer and creates all kinds of awkwardness. Inevitably, the entire company will be whispering about the Party Animal’s regrettable antics by the next morning.

The Grinch

In sharp contrast to the workplace’s most cheerful holiday enthusiasts, this frosty grump is well known for having a bad attitude. He or she maintains a scrooge-like demeanour to make it clear they’re not feeling festive — and that nobody else should either. Full of cynicism, smirks and sarcasm, they find a way to criticise everything. The Grinch remains unaware that the constant griping, groaning and gossiping can be incredibly grating.

HR takeaway

It’s important to remember that not everyone at your business celebrates the same holidays, and not everyone celebrates with the same level of enthusiasm. Ultimately, the most important thing is to understand and respect those differences. Luckily it’s only one month of the year!


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