The winter months bring festive energy to the workplace, but as we dive into December there are a few things to remember while heading to the office.
- Respect mother nature: For those of us not fortunate enough to have a garage, it’s a good idea to think ahead. Your car will frost. Allow yourself a few extra minutes to scrape your car so you aren’t late to work.
- Invest in a heater: Sitting at your desk might get chilly this winter as some of us find out just how drafty our offices are. Do yourself a favor and get a small heater to set under your desk. You will stay toasty all winter long.
- Pace yourself: During the holidays there will be lots of food at the office. From cookie exchanges, unexpected goodies from the boss, and coworkers who go the extra mile to make everyone special treats; practice self-control! Take a few of the sweets you really want, but recognize when it’s time to say “enough is enough” on the chocolate fudge.
- Follow the leader: If you are at your company Christmas party and there is alcohol it’s okay to indulge, but you don’t want the reputation of office drunk. Casually keep track of how much everyone else is drinking to gauge what’s “acceptable.”
- Layer Up: Ladies, if you are going to sport dresses this winter, don’t be ashamed to wear an extra pair of leggings. No one will know the difference and your legs will stay extra warm.
- Watch the weather: Even though most workplaces stay open despite snow or ice, there are extreme weather situations where your office may delay or close. We Hoosiers were lucky last year to have a fair winter, but if the Polar Vortex strikes again make sure you check for closing before you head out.
This blog post is written by Lauren Brune. Lauren is a Fort Wayne transplant from Tipp City, Ohio. She moved here in 2015 after graduating from Ohio Northern University where she studied communications and public relations. She works at LEARN Resource Center in New Haven as the Communications and Special Events Coordinator.