It’s hard to believe this is our last newsletter of the year. If you’re anything like me, the holiday season seems to make December fly by faster than any other month of the year.
In the hustle and bustle of this season, I challenge us all to be more mindful. Holidays are difficult for some for many reasons, perhaps because of a painful memory or a lost loved one. This time of year is also full of a diverse spectrum of religious holidays celebrated across this whole season. We must keep in mind that some celebrations may be more meaningful than others to those around us — while others still may not celebrate these holidays at all.
This year, I encourage you (and me!) to use this time to be more inclusive of others by focusing on people rather than a day on the calendar. Consider the wrap-up of 2023 — congratulate those around you for any milestones or accomplishments they’ve had in the last year. Ask about their aspirations for the year to come. If your workplace has a closure scheduled sometime this month, ask how they’re planning to spend the time off. By focusing on individuals rather than holidays, you will not only avoid an insensitive blunder but will also forge a personal connection. With connection comes that sought-after sense of belonging, which is one of the greatest gifts we could give another person. Bonus, we don’t even need a holiday to do it!
Whatever this season looks like for you, we at Rework Work hope you find time for family, friends, and plenty of rest. We will see you in 2024!