10 Tips for a Brighter Holiday Season
Simple ways to keep the festive spirit vibrant in your workplace this year
The holidays aren’t always such a joyous season for nurses. Health emergencies don’t take time off for holidays, critically ill patients still need round-the-clock care, and let’s not even mention the pandemic. Nurses who have to work on a holiday can become quite irritable, especially if they’re anxious to get home to visiting family.
That negativity can make the season feel like another burden. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 10 simple tips for keeping the festive spirit alive and well in your workplace this year:
1. PROJECT POSITIVITY.
Positive emotions such as enthusiasm, excitement and joy are more contagious than negative ones. Projecting an upbeat attitude is an easy way to make the people around you feel better — including patients as well as coworkers.
2. BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT OTHERS’ HOLIDAYS.
While Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are national holidays, remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Unless yours is a faith-based institution, you should probably avoid religious displays in the workplace — best to stick with secular decorations and traditions. Just be sure to include everyone in all seasonal activities while making it clear that participation is voluntary.
3. CELEBRATE WITH COWORKERS.
Everyone knows how hard the holidays can be on everyone’s finances, but something small and inexpensive (like a sock exchange where everyone gifts silly socks and wears them on a specific day) are easy and fun. Think beyond the usual Secret Santa game by having your gift gathering take place on an unusual day, like Winter Solstice (Tuesday, Dec. 21).
If your employer allows it, organize a tree-trimming party, complete with warm apple cider and cookies. Or, decorate the windows of patient rooms with paper snowflakes or hang a string of lights around the nurses’ station. Be creative, but be sure to stay within your organization’s policies.
4. GIVE THE GIFT OF CAFFEINE.
Show me a nurse who doesn’t like coffee and I’ll show you a nurse who can’t be trusted! I’m kidding, of course, but it’s no secret that most of us have an enthusiastic relationship with caffeine. Simply grabbing a premium coffee gift card and putting it together with a cute mug tied with a ribbon is an inexpensive way to brighten the season for your favorite coworker — while keeping them caffeinated!