As the recruitment industry continues to feel the pinch, office parties understandably slide further down the financial agenda, with greater concern being on covering crucial costs like wage bills and office rental. It of no surprise therefore that employers are deciding to cut down on the more frivolous workplace expenses like office parties.
More than half admit a downgrading to Cava and 70% admit their party moving from a posh venue to the office or to a more modest venue and while canapés are being replaced by supermarket nibbles, most companies are excluding partners from the office festivities.
Regrettably these facts are adding to the usual stress factor caused by Christmas and New Year. Physiologically it is the same kind of stress that we have about any problem that we perceive to be greater than our resources to handle it. With the months of January and February, come the lowest points of depression for a lot of people and this starts with the build up to the Christmas holidays, the office parties and when feelings and emotions that might have been denied or ignored over the past year, can suddenly begin to appear. It ends with having to face the financial reality of costs incurred.
You can tell the holidays are approaching, not only by the music and the decorations on our streets and in our shopping centres, but by the frustration and anxiety in the air. As the build up to Christmas starts earlier each year, this is when the first thing you should do is to take the bull by the horns and plan what you are going to do and with whom.
Loneliness and isolation are two of the key issues around Christmas. Thats where the post-Christmas pain continues, said Harry McNeil, a counsellor from Serenity Renewal for Families, in Canada. Sometimes there is a relief, because Christmas is over, so things can get back to normal. But for some, the isolation and depression becomes overwhelming. At Christmas, they visit their families still looking for approval, and when it doesnt happen, it leads to more stress.
For most adults, the holiday season comes up fast and passes quickly, so the most important thing to remember is to have fun. It doesnt have to be perfect or expensive. If youre having a family gathering and you know that some people dont see eye to eye, be realistic and minimize conflict. You can only be happy in real time, right here, try not to put pressure on yourself to keep everyone happy. The season of
goodwill is for everyone and that includes you!
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