Each year, when the calendar turns to December, the world enters into a month of countless celebrations that we share with our friends and family. The mental “to-do” lists get longer, the days get shorter and our wallets seem to shrink smaller by the day.
Wherever you are in the world, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season seems to make us all a little crazy. And, regardless of the holiday you celebrate, this month offers some time to relax, share laughs with friends, get rejuvenated and make new memories with family that will turn into stories passed down to generations to come.
And then there’s that whole “work” thing.
You know—the emails, phone calls, meetings and projects—the place where we spend roughly one-third of our lives throughout the year. Our ability to focus on work always seems to get a little tougher during December, doesn’t it? Those swirling mental to-do lists begin to hold their own against our projects, meetings and emails in the Battle of Mental Focus.
Let’s just be honest—in December, work seems to get smack dab in the middle of our personal agendas sometimes. We’re busy. We’ve got things to do. Traffic is crazy and for many of us, it’s already dark when we leave work for the day.
But, that same work allows us amazing opportunities throughout the year. We can volunteer with charity organizations to help those in need, we’re given a generous balance of work and personal time, and our work not only helps provide for our own families, but for thousands of other families around the world.
With roughly 60,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we have a network of employees who are collectively helping to make a difference in the world. Whether it’s through our volunteer time, our charitable giving donations, or even by simply interacting with clients, we are helping support humanity.
During your respective celebrations this holiday season, take a moment and think of the opportunities your hard work at the office has provided for yourself and for others. The emails, phone calls, meetings and projects have afforded you the opportunity to create those memories and share those laughs.
While the month of December can be stressful, hectic, and sometimes just downright chaotic, we can enjoy the printer jams, the lost or forgotten ID badges and the spilt coffee, and remember that what we do here at work every day matters. We are making a difference every single day. And that in itself makes our hard work worth it this holiday season.
Enjoy the laughs. Rest and relax. Smile and share the excitement of the holiday season. We appreciate your hard work and dedication throughout the year, and we wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays.