Are you one of the 1million people working on Christmas Day? Cheer up, it could be 1975.

20 December 2018

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One of the benefits of living in a multicultural society is that you can now by a loaf of bread or a pint of milk on Christmas Day.

Forgotten to make cranberry sauce for the turkey? Don’t worry, you can always buy a jar at the local minimarket for whose Indian or Chinese owner, December 25 is just another working day.

Back in the Dark Ages of the 1970s and 80s, before enlightened retail and licensing hours, living through Christmas Day was like visiting downtown Pyongyang during a period of national mourning.

Nipping out to the shops was not an option because they were all closed and any suggestion you might ‘eat out’ was likely to land you an Asbo.

Today things have changed. It’s always possible to find a shop that stays open and, for many restaurants and hotels, it’s one of the busiest days of the year.

The number of people dining out on Christmas Day has increased by 240% in the past five years according to OpenTable, an online booking site, making it financially significant for the hospitality industry and many local economies.

A corollary of that, is many more people are now expected to work on a day once considered inviolable. That’s no longer the case  – the same poll showed 93% of hospitality workers accept working on Christmas or Boxing day is now part of their lot.

This year, 1million Britons will be working while the rest of us are opening our presents and tucking into our Christmas pud.

Working through Christmas can be a positive experience - offering people the chance to earn more money, often with employer-provided food and other perks and benefitting from higher tips from customers.

But it also has disadvantages - spending important time away from your family and often with extra responsibilities when the boss is off, which can make your job stressful.

Often working longer-than-usual hours, it can also be tiring and lonely. While there might a feeling of camaraderie among staff, there’s also an inevitable feeling of missing out, while everyone else is enjoying themselves.

So, with that in mind, here are a few Two River Recruitment tips to make sure that, if you’re  working over the festive period, you’re properly prepared.

Make sure you plan ahead. Try to spend time as much time as you can with your family when not at work. If you're working a day shift, ask your family if they can delay Christmas dinner until the evening.

Eat well, get enough sleep, and gather items you may need on the holiday like snacks, water, and hand sanitizer.

  • Try not to view Christmas as a burden but as a happy event that you’re contributing to in a meaningful way.
  • Keep your energy levels up. Chances are you’re going to be run off your feet which means you’ll need lots of energy to keep yourself going. Pop the occasional boiled sweet in your mouth to boost your sugar level.
  • Treat yourself. Don’t forget it is your Christmas too, so reward yourself with  Christmas coffee on your way to work, a cheeky cocktail afterwards or a hot bubble bath to ease your weary limbs.
  • Treat your colleagues. Don’t be a Scrooge; motivate colleagues with plenty of mince pies, Christmas hats and crackers.
  • Creative a festive atmosphere at work. If you’re the boss, bend the rules by letting staff play office cricket and desk table-tennis during their breaks.

Above all, have a great Christmas and we hope to catch up with you in the new year.

 

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